I have a small disagreement with my Head of Department around a temporary disabilities issue (I can't think of a hamsterology example. Let's say, I'll have my foot in a plaster cast for six weeks, so am seeking permission to not attend the annual PaddleAThon which occurs during that period, because I consider it to be risky to paddle with a cast covered in a plastic bag). Head of Department says no, because if I say you don't have to go, everyone else will want to skip it too.
I wish to talk to Occupational Health to get some advice about my rights and how to negotiate with Head of Department, since this is a Health issue.
They can't talk to me until I get a referral from the Head of Department.
Who won't give me one, because I need to go paddle. Can't just pick and choose the bits of the job you like you know Grumpy! That's not what we get paid for!
Could have fooled me... looking around, I see many colleagues who have picked and chosen not to teach certain units, or not to uphold grading standards, or to be so bad at administration they never get asked to be on committees...