Xmas Meals

Employees were pleased to see the recent announcement from Duncan Tait, which stated performance this year is on track so far, and that there is an allowance of £25 per head for all employees towards the Christmas celebrations.
Quite rightly, managers in areas where agency temps are working, such as Service Desks, have decided that temps should benefit too. However, instead of allocating £25 each, Fujitsu plans to share the money from the permanent employees amongst all the staff, so everyone in these areas gets less.
The parts of the company with most agency temps (and who will therefore get least) – Service Desks, Engineering Services and Supply & Lifecycle Services – are also those with high concentrations of low paid staff.
The extra cost of giving all the few hundred temps the same £25 for an Xmas meal would probably be comparable to the car allowance for one senior manager.
It would be a real shame if the company allowed a scrooge-like attitude to the lowest paid to spoil what is otherwise a welcome gesture.
In some parts of the business concerns are also being raised that the £25 is only being paid if people attend an “official” Xmas party, but some of these parties are organised in such a way that they are unaffordable or impractical for many staff to attend.

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