It's a long one, sorry!! Today I popped into my work to sort out me going back. I'd went in last week to organise it but my manager was off on holiday so I left him a letter. In the letter I'd written down the shifts I was able to do around childcare etc which I didn't think would be a problem as there has been 2 other girls who have gone back in the past month who have just told him what shifts they can & can't do and it's not been an issue. Anyway, so I popped in today and he came up to me in the middle of the shop, didn't even take me aside or into the staff area, and told me he'd sent me out forms through the post that I had to fill out in order to request the shifts I want to do (bullshit, I havn't received anything in the post) he then added that I needed to go through the "legal channels" and couldn't just tell him what shifts I wanted, I needed to fill out these forms and apply for them essentially but that "I wouldn't get them anyway so..." No explanation as to why not or what I could do about it but just to fill in these forms and he would let me know what head office says. I know the other 2 girls who've come back off mat leave didn't have to fill these forms in & "apply" to get what shifts they wanted. At the end of the day, my manager controls the department and does the rotas...so surely he'll be the one who knows whether I can have those shifts or not? It was the way he just said "apply for them....but you'll not get them" no compassion, no sympathy, no trace of him wanting to help, NOTHING! Came home, filled in the form so I could at least try, read the small print and it states clearly in it that HE is the one I give the form too as it's him that deals with it. I honestly think he was just telling me so I would blame someone else when it came back I couldn't get those shifts. He's already made it clear I wont get the shifts I need. So I'm at a loss at what to do. I can only get childcare for the days/times I expressed. What does he expect me to do? Leave Harry at home? What I don't understand is why he's being like this with me, but everyone else has gotten what they need? I've had many issues with him in the past, he's a horrible, horrible man. I've been raging about it all day, and I just really don't know what to do.