They fired me because I got COVID, then needed me to fix a machine only I could fix in this country.

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    So this was 2 years in the past, and I’m not American.
    I labored at a manufacturing unit as a mechanic and operator of a very high-end machine.

    Onee time this machine broke and nobody, together with me, could fix it they usually had to deliver an engineer from overseas to fix it. This engineer only spoke English, and I was the only English speaker of the corporate, so I was after all the individual to assist him and on the identical time study all the pieces I could about how this machine labored.

    This man was SO good and principally was educating me all the pieces he could whereas disassembling and assembling the factor, and I learnt a lot about it. On his final days we had to work for 35 hours straight because his flight was due and there was simply a lot to do. If he did not end, he would get in hassle, and I most likely would not have a job both.

    Before he left, he informed me that there was a half that needed to get replaced when it broke, taught me how to change it, and promised to mail it to me when he was again at his nation – and he did, to my home, not the corporate.

    My supervisor and the proprietor have been so completely happy about it, they have been very grateful (though not very a lot cash smart), and I felt so safe because now I was the only individual in the nation that knew how to fix this machine that was very important to the corporate.

    So quick ahead a yr, the pandemic broke out and I wished to keep at house. The proprietor and supervisor pressured me into going anyway. They discovered a loophole and bribed some officers into giving us all “essential worker status” so we could go legally. I thought lengthy about this, and considering that I can be unemployed if I did not go, or possibly useless if I went, on the finish I got influenced by the spouse and went to work.

    I went to work a Monday, and on Friday I had a fever. Got examined, was optimistic.

    Having COVID has been simply one of many worst experiences I’ve had, and I wasn’t very removed from dying.
    Weeks later, after I was lastly nicely sufficient to work, I returned and was fired on the spot. They did not even let me go inside to get my stuff. They had already employed somebody to function my machine.

    Things have been actually robust being unemployed and now additionally weak, and by some means we got by. About 6 months later I got a textual content from them saying that the machine had a failure they usually needed me to come in and fix it. They provided a reasonably excessive sum, over a month’s of my former wage. A coworker phoned me and informed me that they have been determined, and to ask 4 instances that quantity, they’d pay it simply.

    I did not know what to do. I had the piece they needed and the information to exchange it. They tried to get the engineer once more however flights have been cancelled. They tried following directions however they could not talk. And they have been lacking a piece they did not even know they needed. I had them by the balls.

    I spoke to my family and friends about it they usually pressured me to bleed them and benefit from the free cash, however after occupied with it I determined to not assist them. The cash would have been good, however one thing informed me they did not care about cash, they did what they wished and threw cash at issues to remedy them. But I knew I could be the one to get them out of their damned privilege bubble and I did.

    They at the moment are promoting all of the gear, machines, and inventory. Without the machine they could not be aggressive and went broke.

    Today I have blended emotions about it because previous coworkers at the moment are unemployed.







    If one thing went fallacious, out of your management, I’m positive they might have blamed you.

    Sounds like that they had a poor plan to assist their very own infrastructure. People shedding jobs is just not the accountability of the opposite staff. It’s on administration and homeowners.



    Shut it down comrade, good on you, hope you’re doing effectively!



    I believe ya did the appropriate factor



    So, the choice has been made and it’s too late to avoid wasting the corporate. Before I learn to the ultimate paragraph I used to be pondering, “Go Private, start your own company, invoice them at 4 x your previous monthly wage and ask your contact to send you another spare part for when it inevitably breaks again.”

    But, too late for that now.



    You and your former coworkers can discover different work, that firm cannot exploit anybody anymore. Don’t really feel dangerous in any respect. Well finished.






    I’d hug you if I may. You did superb my pal



    Once they fired you, the machine breaking down was their drawback. They didn’t care about your state of affairs. They did what they needed to do. It wasn’t honest to you. Glad you’re a developer now. Hopefully, you may have realized out of your former bosses and their errors. Perhaps you’ll be able to rent on a number of former co staff, however anticipating you to come back repair it was a really lengthy shot at greatest. Had they deliberate correctly deliberate for breakdowns and machine upkeep they might nonetheless be in operation. Sounds like karma bit them within the pocket and ran with the contents.

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