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Santa & Opening Presents, S&OP the Elves Respond

Posted by Michael Thompson on Thu, Dec 09, 2010

AngryElfDear Santa,

I refer to the recent blog article, "Santa & Opening Presents; Why S&OP is Invaluable at Christmas".

As I mentioned in the consultation process just prior to S&OP implementation, I was prepared on behalf of our members to support the programme, provided and only provided it did not affect our rights as elves.

Incidentally I see that I am not alone in considering that S&OP is not really needed & refer you to Mike Thompson’s excellent series of blogs starting with “What has S&OP ever done for us”.

We were prepared to concede certain rights under the Working Time Directivebut now things have gone too far. In particular I would like to draw your attention to our most serious grievances – there are more:
  1. Elves unemployed.  We cannot and will not accept that lack of work is a reason for redundancy.
  2. Season Bonus.  Pah.  When has a new green hat ever been proper recompense for 16 hour working days and such appalling shift patterns?  And let’s not forget that we only received the hats because of overstocking due to a poor sales forecast (see other blog).

Unless our legitimate grievances are dealt with immediately, you will leave us with no choice other than to consider industrial action.

In the meantime, and to demonstrate just how seriously we consider the current situation to be, we are no longer prepared to sing the Company Song.  “Yo ho ho” is old hat (excuse the pun). 

I look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely,

Fred K. Ite

Shop Steward & Chief Elf (CEE Region)


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