I have a question regarding a probationary period and noticed given. I started my job on the 2nd Jan 2018 as a trainee on a 3 month probation. 3 weeks prior to my probation period expiring, I was called into the office to be told that my probation period would be extended for a maximum of 3 months, on a month by month basis - confirmed in writing.
Today, on the first day of my extension, I was called into the office and told that my employment would be ending, effective immediately with pay in leiu of notice, due to the business struggling. Something that didn't appear to be the case 3 weeks ago when the employer confidently extended my probation prematurely.
Conspiracy theories aside, my question arises here...My contract states that the employer has the right to terminate the employment by issuing 1 weeks notice, in line with statute. However, the written confirmation of my extended probation states that I will be judged on a month by month basis. Does, the later dated express term of "month by month" in the confirmation letter, trump that of the implied term of 1 weeks notice?
The reason I ask is that it feels a little unfair that after giving a line of hope, an employer can issue a notice to terminate, on the day the extension starts. Does this reach the implied term of mutual trust?
Furthermore, could it be seen as a breach of trust to train me in a way that doesn't work, and then dismiss me for defending the allegations of mistakes? - The real reason in my opinion.