Well, I guess it had to come to this, I have not been happy at work pretty much since I started 7 months ago. Anyway, had an appraisal last week and never in my whole life have I seen such a complete slag off. I am involving the union, personnel, the director and anyone who may be able to help with suggestions.
Basically, my boss has a long running reputation for fucking up people. She (yep a woman) has directly or indirectly caused 3 secretaries to leave (1 had a nervous breakdown) and 4 researchers. She belittles, patronises and talks down to everyone. Anyway, I was dumped in an office on my own and told to get on with work I have never done before in a field I have never worked in before. I have consistently tried to improve things and have brought things up at team meetings about the lack of support to no avail.
Now I find I have a battle on my hands, she wants rid of me but fortunately for me she took her eye off the ball and I passed my probation period so now it is harder for her. However, I am being set up for a fall with unrealistic targets and constant 'reminders' of my obligations to the project. Apparently it could take her a year to get rid of me through disciplinary procedures but that could damage my career.
So is there anyone with union or employment law experience or just some ideas to alleviate the situation whilst protecting my need to pay the mortgage?