This is a very long story short. I am a part time employee contracted to 14 hours a week and have been with the company just over a 18 months.
I love my job and have readily accepted additional hours (overtime) during my employment.
For various reasons, I was recently offered increased in hours to a 20 hour contract to come in affect in October. I asked for my employer to consider a 30 hour contract as someone is leaving to have a baby (and not returning) meaning there are additional hours available for me.
However, I was told by HR that I was very fortunate to even receive an increase because its not standard practice (which from 1st hand experience I know to be true.) So, I accepted the 20 hours.
I have since learnt through 'office gossip' that in one of our other offices, a brand new employee was hired on a 30 contract. Upon investigating, my manager found out this employee is my exact counterpart in that office and that the same HR officer dealt with his contract.
This has left me furious as, for complex reasons, I have been struggling stay solvent and relying on unreliable benefits and overtime for the past ten months. A 30 hour contract, however, would solve this.
My manager has been no help and admitted she has no influence in such matters. So now I am left with the question, is there anything I can do?