I worked on a project which was advertised by a UK company as an internship after applying online. When I started this project, I quickly requested for a contract but I was given excuses as to why it wasn't ready yet, told not to worry about it by various people in the office and given more work to keep me busy. I got concerned when after making yet another request for the contract, I was told by the manager that I was on a "freelance contract". How this happened I don't know, especially after the advert made it clear it was a 3 month internship. As a matter of fact, the project was ended less than a month after I started and the reasons I was given were not convincing and seemed superficial.
None the less, I accepted it without a fuss. However the process of collecting payment has been arduous. For instance, the manager made several promises that I would not need a tax code or need to fill in any forms and would be paid promptly, but reneged on them and instead requested the following through email:
- A unique tax code different from the one I already had.
- A new supplier form which I filled in as requested
- An invoice with hours worked and amount owed.
I sent all these documents and since the start of may, he has not replied to any of my emails.
I have his personal phone number and the email addresses of other people/managers in the same department, and I am thinking of making use of them but don't know how to go about it effectively.
This has dragged on for too long now. How do I approach this with the most likely chance of receiving the renumeration I am owed? Would calling his personal phone be better than emailing his colleagues in this project who I worked with while I was there, and how direct should I be?