There has been conflicts between me and a new coworker. The manager called me today. She wants us not to work together but this means I would have my hours reduced. I would be happy not to work with him but not sure about getting my hours reduced. Should I follow up with an email stating "before I can make a decision about reducing my hours to avoid the new coworker, how many hours would I still be getting exactly?"
Since he is still on probation I asked the manager if she was considering terminating him. She said no because he complained about me to head office so it's out of her hands. I asked what the complaint was exactly and she said she didn't know because they are keeping it confidential. Should I contact head office to find out what's going on? Why would a manager be hesitant to terminate someone who is still in probation?
While I did find him annoying I was willing to be professional and work with him. It was him who said he refuses to work with me (he told me this in those words). I don't really think it's fair that my hours are reduced, and there hasn't been any formal interviews or attempts to figure out what's going on. To be clear, I find very much he's the aggressor in this situation, but of course he would say the same about me.
Also the new manager almost never comes to the shop and likely doesn't know how productive people are being.
This had an interesting end. The manager called me to say that this coworker had sent her rude text messages accusing her of not doing her job and that he threatened to walk out. She wanted him to stay because she didn't have a replacement (yet). So today I worked with him and the COO talked to us individually. I spoke based on the answers here, if he is the one refusing to work with me then it shouldn't be my hours that are reduced etc.
The COO basically said a bunch of things, like if he's quiting or not, or what his complaint against me was for, are confidential.
Anyway halfway through the shift he got mad, walked out, and sent the COO a message saying never to contact him again.