100. Corporate Deceit

Today, I want to get up on my soapbox and grind my axe about corporate greed.

Without naming any names I want to challenge one particular corporation’s recent barefaced lies about how it treats its employees.

One company has just completed a staffing review and has announced that very few staff will face cuts in hours. This claim was a very desperate and deceitful attempt to avoid using the word ‘redundancy’ in any public communication and thusly avoiding a serious drop in its share prices.

Now, the truth of the matter is that, most of the company’s workforce face drastic cuts in hours. How they avoided admitting this is simple. The majority of the workforce were on very low contracts, many as low as 4 hours per week. Despite having such low contracted hours many of these employees recieved many more than their contracted hours some doing between 20 and 35 hours per week.

Now, due to exceptionally poor business practices the company has been forced to cut these hours to a bare minimum. To disguise this fact they have increased the contracted hours our many of their workforce by between 1 and 4 hours in most cases. At the same time they are changing their staffing policy to say that staff will only work contracted hours and no more unless they require holiday/sickness cover.

On paper, this corporation can say that it has managed to increase the hours that the majority of their staff work. In reality most of their staff face hours cuts of at least 50% with many dropping well over half their usual weekly working hours. Quite a nice little bit of trickery wouldn’t you say?

This is one company that does not play nice.

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2 thoughts on “100. Corporate Deceit

  1. How crappy.

    The place I work is nearly as bad at the moment. Everyone bar management is on a low hour contract to the point that none of us earn enough to pay national insurance contributions which could really screw us up in the near future. Of course it’s all in the name of just about keeping us buoyant rather than admit they’re struggling.
    Understandably one member of staff is now leaving for a more consistent job. Do they distribute her hours amongst the other staff all desperate for more hours? Bizarrely no, they’re now looking for another member of staff who will also be on a low contract.

    It’s ridiculous! So I sympathise hugely with you and your colleagues.

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