When I worked for a supermarket they gave me two options for Christmas or Easter.
1) Take paid leave from holiday time.
2) Take unpaid leave.
3) Come in and scrub the tills.
Given option three requires a manager to also be on-site, it was so tempting to make one come in for the day just to be a pest!
How can they force you to take holiday if the site is shut....
I would argue that they can't.
Surely, if you turn up at the door fully prepared for work and no-one is there to open the site then you can't be forced to take that day as holiday? It would be like forcing all shop employees to take ever sunday as holiday even though the shop is shut every sunday, thus you could advertise 52 days of holiday a year then force staff to use it every sunday and in effect they get no holiday?...
either that or I am misreading something here...
to be honest if my place was shut i wouldnt think twice about complaining! but my contract is only term time so if i go in during holidays its only classed as overtime.
In both of the schools I've worked, it's always a given that the site is shut between 23rd Dec and Jan 2nd, and never a mention of anyone having to take holiday time for this. Shame that not all schools take such a relaxed approach!