Hi there – it makes sense, and it is clearly a challenging situation. A question, was there consultation when the Company made the request for you to change your employment conditions and when that happened, did you sign a new contract or an amendment to your contract?
On the wage subsidy, this is a payment made by MSD (Government) to the Company (not to the employees) with the objective that it will help keep the employees employed by the Company – when it was originally set up, the Government gave a guideline (hope) that employers would pay around 80% of the base salary/remuneration to employees – however the reality is that many employers were not able to do that and/or chose to not do that, maybe to keep as many people employed as possible – and that ended up with employees getting paid lower than the 80% and even to just the subsidy level.
If you agreed to a change in conditions to working to 25 hours, and there was effective consultation, then I would assume that you are only required to work those 25 hours, and that if the Company wants you to work longer hours and/or there is more work, then they will need to again consult with you about changing the terms and conditions.
So suggest you share with the others here on the situation, and then lets see if we can help give some guidance for you to go forward. Andy