This week’s problem comes from Ireland and concerns the extent of a spectre’s job responsibilities.
Dear Aunt Grizelda,
I feel as if my employers are not paying me fairly for my work. I drive passengers by carriage throughout Ireland: but as I travel through the countryside, I am also expected to call out the names of those about to die. Surely this is the job of a herald?
Another gripe I have concerns the passengers: like myself they have detached heads. On a bumpy lane this can result in them arriving at their destination with a different head from the one they started out with. It is always me that has to sort out the confusion, and I am not paid extra for this.
I am thinking of asking my employers for an increase in salary to reflect these additional responsibilities. Do you think I have a case?
Dear A Spectre,
Since the dawn of time dullahans have announced the names of those about to die, and therefore, even if it isn’t written into your employment contract, it is an integral part of the job. Consequently, you have no hope of extra pay for doing it.
With regard to reassigning passengers’ heads at the end of a trip, you are on firmer ground. Before the explosion of public liability claims, passengers cheerfully accepted a bumpy ride could result in a new look. However, these days, they can turn quite nasty about it. But is it your responsibility to sort out? It rather depends what it says under the Job Responsibilities section of your employment contract.
P.s. Should any of your passengers actually assault you, you may have a claim against your employers under insufficient Health and Safety provision.