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Poundland staff in Gloucester given 10p discount for Christmas bonus

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 21, 2013

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Disgruntled workers at Poundland have slammed cheapskate bosses for offering just a Christmas bonus of just 10 per cent staff discount in store.

More than 12,000 Poundland workers, including those at the Bell Lane Gloucester store, were informed about their Christmas bonus by letter.

One employee - who does not wish to be named - said: “It is totally disrespectful - a slap in the face for staff who have been coming in day in day out.

“A lot of people just ripped the letter up and put it in the bin.

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“Poundland has just opened its 500th store and is one of the biggest shops in England. It is disgraceful.”

Unions claim the offer is ‘miserly’, and even excludes chocolate and fizzy drinks.

The offer gives the bargain chain staff a discount of just 10p.

In contrast, staff at other major retailers, such as BHS and Marks & Spencer, are granted a 20 per cent discount throughout the year.

It comes after Poundland celebrated the opening its 500th store last month - with annual gross revenues of nearly £1billion.

A Poundland spokesman defended the bonus - claiming it would help make the festive season 'even more affordable'.

He said: “To recognise the hard work and dedication of over 12,000 colleagues throughout the year and particularly during our busy festive period, Poundland is pleased to confirm that it has introduced a 10 per cent discount for employees across the business, to help make Christmas even more affordable.”

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  • supernova1  |  December 24 2013, 9:07AM

    rhyfelwyr......................thanks, and Happy Christmas to you, too. I think the problem here is the vast gulf between those that can only work for someone else, so that they have no responsibilities etc. Us others, like plumbers, builders, delivery contractors etc can get up at ANY time of the day, do ANY job, and be VERY thankful. I joined this band fifteen years ago, and wished I'd done it earlier. For now, I have paid off my mortgage before the age of 50, do not owe one single penny to anyone, and have a six figure savings balance. That's all been achieved through hard work. I'm no Einstein either. If I'd been in sales, marketing or finance, I could have been earning six figures per annum. As it is, I earn double the national average, as I say, all through hard work.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  December 23 2013, 7:11PM

    How selfish is that only giving 10% discount on products that are like a pound in store, At least at Tesco when I worked for them I had 30 or 40% off.

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  • Douglasknows  |  December 23 2013, 11:43AM

    So pleased that the council is not wasting more of our money by giving away free drinks or mince pies at Christmas to their/our workforce. Hooray for bah humbug I say.

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  • Justica  |  December 23 2013, 10:33AM

    In my first job as a sixteen year old in the 60's, everyone was given a box of 100 John Player cigarettes and a bottle of Sherry. Both were greatly consumed on the premises before going home, how times have changed !

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  • honslknjklyt  |  December 22 2013, 4:19PM

    No chip on the shoulder at all Zalapompadoo. I am realistic and get very sick of the poor employee, poor downtrodden, miss mistreated attitude. If you were made redundant you would walk away with a nice package of money. If I lose my business for whatever reason, guess what, every employee and everyone else gets THEIR money first, including accrued free money aka holiday pay. You of course pay your taxes but you also get more back than anyone else, as it is US who pay your wages and for your free money and perks etc. Like many pensioners of today, public sector employees just do not know how good they have got it.

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  • zalapompadoo  |  December 22 2013, 3:19PM

    honslknjklyt you really do have a chip on your shoulder dont you love hey guess at im a taxpayer as well and have been for a longtime never mind hide under the sheets when the 3 ghosts visit you tuesday night

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  • Rhyfelwyr  |  December 22 2013, 12:22PM

    Poor supernova1. I'm playing the worlds tiniest violin for you in sympathy. If only we were all as hard working as you. We wouldn't have time to go trolling all over the interweb then...

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  • supernova1  |  December 22 2013, 10:25AM

    "Poundland has just opened its 500th store and is one of the biggest shops in England. It is disgraceful.".......yes, by buying well, getting good sites, getting good staff etc, etc. a 10% reduction for Poundland probably means employess are buying at cost, this in no way compares to M&S and BHS who offer 20% off all year. If it did, how come the latter two can half sales at 50% discount. No, as has been said, you're lucky to have a job in the current climate, and should actually regard a slap in the face as a bonus itself!! No doubt the disgruntled ones will be looking for new jobs next years.....or not! Get over it. I get one day off a year as a contractor, it's Christmas Day, and guess what, I DON'T GET PAID FOR IT!!!

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  • honslknjklyt  |  December 21 2013, 11:58PM

    Here here, Walker 100b Employees just don't know how lucky they are. If we don't work, we don't get paid, no Christmas bonus or discounts for us. If we want four weeks holiday, or Christmas day off, then that is at our expense, there is no free money for us and no free cuppa!

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  • Walker100b  |  December 21 2013, 11:25PM

    "......a slap in the face for staff who have been coming in day in day out!" What? You mean you didn't get paid for the work you did? I'm self-employed, can you guess what I'm getting in the way of a Christmas bonus? Three quarters of nothing.

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