John on taking redundancy

I had applied once previously and they said, “No, no, no, you’re too valuable. We can’t let you go. We want you to stay.” The attitude changed completely once I became shop steward and became a troublemaker. So they decided that, “Well, maybe we can let you go.” I said, “Yes, but I want a decent package, and I want the promotion that I should have had some years ago before I go, because of my pension.” At this point I’d worked 34 years for Granada, most of it a most enjoyable career, maybe except for the last few years when Allen and Robinson took over. I got my promotion to the grade I should have been four years previously and I was offered a really good redundancy package with a guarantee of 51 days’ work in the first year after I left Granada, so they weren’t giving a lot away because they were going to use me anyway. So, a whole new world was opening up for me at the ripe old age of 53. I’d done 34 years at Granada so I’d got all my full pension rights.

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