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Turkeys voting for Christmas

The Connexion, Aug 26

The director of an Intermarché hypermarket in Villemagne-l’Argentière, Hérault, has said he does not want his employees to take holiday in July and August, and has asked them to vote in a referendum on the issue.

In a letter to his staff on July 31, Jean-Pierre Le Berrigo, director of the hypermarket in Villemagne, said: “It was a mistake for me to allow paid holidays in July and August. You are all very strong professionals in your respective fields, [but] for our two busiest months, you nearly all take holidays.

“At the exact moment when we need you most, you absent yourselves and leave our business to seasonal workers who have no knowledge of our work, and, often do not have the same desire as you to do it well.”

The letter finished by asking employees to have their say on the idea by selecting “yes” or “no” and adding their “motivation” for their response.

The referendum is technically legal, although Mr Le Berrigo’s decision to not make the voting anonymous may not be.

He said: “This vote is not anonymous as I believe that we should all take responsibility for our decisions.”

The letter added that “empty votes will be counted as a ‘yes’ [in favour of no holidays], to avoid a too-low participation rate”.

The votes are expected to be counted by the end of September, but Mr Le Berrigo fears that his idea may have been quashed.

He said: “I have received not a bad amount of replies…[and] I have lost, I think.”

[Maybe he will write to the turkeys next to see if they want to vote to keep Christmas lunch on the menu. Ed]

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