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Peter Wiles's office)
what's this about Bob Hardiman being sacked? He's been with the firm
since it started, and he's the only real craftsman we've got.
points out that
there's no call for elaborate hand‑carving
on desks nowadays; we don't need desks like this one you've got here,
for example. He says Hardiman is now redundant.
break the old boy's heart. Wait. I've got an idea.
Pension Fund Trustees' Meeting. It's this Thursday. His name's
come up if he's being dismissed; his pension'll have to be approved.
that help him? It won't save him from
that's when we can
speak up. There's you and me on one side and H.G. and
our dear company secretary on the other.
Oh Lord!! We've got to think of something... Look, I've
got another idea. Hardiman left the firm for a while, didn't he?
about five years ago. He came back to us two years ago.
to live in Scotland
to look after his father. When his father died, he
came back to us.
And what happened to all the
contributions he'd paid into the
Pension Fund before he went to Scotland?
them in the fund.
still qualifies for a pension?
will say he'll get his pension, so what is there to worry about?
gentlemen, this isn't going to take us very long. You've seen Mr.
Buckhurst's pension fund accounts. They're impeccable, as usual. So it's
only a question of approving them for the sake of the record. Right. Do
you all agree the accounts? (Murmurs of assent) Good. Well,
that's all. I presume there's no other business?
there is one thing more, H.G. The question of redundancy, the case of
That'sa straightforward case.
He gets his pension, less three years, or whatever it is.
see to that, won't you?
think it's quite as simple as that.
seems to be some slight difficulty, H.G. You see, Hardiman left us for
three years, as you know.
very well he did. I've just said so.
But I felt I should look up the articles of the fund. Ian, of course, is
already aware of this. It seems that if a period of employment is
interrupted for more than six months, a further period of five years has
to be worked before the employee is entitled to a full pension. If Hardiman continues with us until he's due to retire, that is, in three
years' time, there is, of course, no problem. He will be fully entitled.
But as things stand at present he would get, at a rough guess, only
about three‑quarters of his pension. And we could hardly allow that
situation with such an old employee. It would do the company no good at
all. He will, naturally, have to be compensated out of the company's
funds to make his pension up to the proper amount.
would be a very dangerous
precedent. No, no, I won't consider
that. Ian, this is your scheme, I'm sure.
win. We keep Hardiman on for three more years. But, Peter, I shall
expect you to use your undoubted ingenuity in making full use of him.
GLOSSARY & NOTES
to point out
To remark, to make
a comment on
there's no call
There is not any
demand; nobody is interested in buying
(no hay pedidos o demanda).
to come up
To be mentioned
an employee's job becomes unnecessary to a company he becomes
redundant. Redundancy, therefore, leads to dismissal, premature
retirement or transfer to another department(despido por cierre de empresa o reducción de personal).
to speak up
To speak one's opinion without fear or hesitation(dar sin vueltas nuestra opinión).
To return to a
(volver o regresar a un puesto de trabajo).
to look after
Take care of, to
(cuidar, hacerse cargo de).
weekly or monthly payments into the Trust Fund by employer and
to be entitled to
To have the right
(tener derecho a).
to look up
To seek information
(consultar, buscar información de).
Being carried on;
going on at the moment
see to it
To be careful or
certain to do something
(hacer algo al respecto).
(absurdo, ridículo, sin sentido).
to pay out (of)
To pay money from a
(utilizar el dinero para pagar de).
An example used to
justify similar occurrences at a later time