have a question or 2 about working overtime,
At the moment my work is trying to force us to work one weekend a month (from home). Basically they need us to monitor clients mail servers over the weekends incase the mail servers go down then there is atleast 1 tech on standby for weekends. The shift will start at friday as work finishes 5pm until sunday 6pm. The rest of the time you are on standby. On top of it all they do not want to pay us for this over time, they are basically trying to brush it off as "you will probably hardly ever get a call on the weekend" and only if you need to go to the clients site will we stand a chance on earning any form of cash. also they have mentioned to the clients that this will be a free service to the client so thats also why they dont want to pay us.
The chances of us going to the site is very slim considering more than 90% of our clients dont work on weekends.
What i want to know is can the company force you to work overtime? If i dont want to work overtime am i obliged to work overtime if the employer needs me to? Obviously the employer HAS to pay us and I intend on fighting them regarding the no pay if they want it to go that way but honestly if it lands up that way then it's not going to be a very pleasant environment to work in going forward.
What are my options?