I was hired by a multinational company in Spain recently. I work as a programmer and they did call me offering better conditions (salary and calendar), so I was agree with it.
In the interview process I asked about the chance of travelling for meetings or small periods in the overseas, as the company has subsidiaries in italy and also UK. I was told that the position would be exclusively located in spain.
That was six months ago, however things have changed so quickly and now there's a vacancy in the UK office, because they fired a guy and they havent managed to fill the position and they want to send me for a while there. Even if I have a long term contract, there's no definition on how that kind of relocations need to be done in the company. Some of the People were sent and worked with a british contract, others (the least) have been there with the spanish contract and were paid for acommodation.
Now there are three People playing here, the head of department, my boss and the head of human resources (which is New in the company). I know there's a lot of work in the English office so the head of department (which is above my boss) considered sending me there for short periods, coming back to spain and paying me the transport, acommodation and food. It seemed too expensive, all in all.
I was called by HR today and they made me a british contract offer, for six months, paying me the same money and no acommodation. I declined it, with the argument that im paying much less for my spanish flat rent that what i would for a decent properly in UK. Apart from that, I think keeping my spanish contract and being paid in euros (now brexit is coming) sounds much better, with a plus for the acommodation
Later on, I went to speak with my boss and he was kind of surprised because of that words (it seems they havent spoken about the conditions before) and when I told him about the diferences in acommodation between spain and UK, he told me his going to speak with the department head and asked me for my rent contract (I dont think this is very moral). It seems he wants to compensate me with the difference.
It looks like that the Last Word will be for the head of department, but I consider I should be fully paid for acommodation. Even if i've been in the company only for six months I've got eight years of experience in programming and a move would involve me leaving my current flat (and flatmate) and my girlfriend here, also my family and to be in kind of 24/7 for the company.
My question is, am I in the position of requiring them to keep my spanish contract and fully pay me for acommodation? Should I give my boss a copy from my current flat rental? I know the company could consider firing me (its little money), but they currently lack of IT people in spain too (same way as in england).
Today I reviewed the company conditions and going with my current contract would involve a plus of 21€ per day (which seems fair for accomodation). Apart from that this would have important tax benefits for me.. It looks like all of this comes from my company with the aim to save around 4K €..