Council treats staff to foot rubs and massages in view of benefits queue




Wolverhampton City Council employees were given free foot rubs, massages and eyebrow threading as part of the event which has been branded as “insensitive” and as “waste of productivity”.
The day involved staff enjoying the treatments in front of city residents queuing for housing benefits
Residents and councillors have criticised the initiative, which took place on Wednesday at the city’s Civic Centre reception area.
One member of the public who witnessed the pampering event said: “Council workers were laid back in chairs having their feet massaged and their eyebrows waxed. It was all happening right next to a queue of people waiting for housing benefits.
“It is absolutely unbelievable. I cant believe they would hold a pampering event for staff.
“God knows how much it would have cost the council in lost productivity at a time when they are trying to cut back on costs.”
Labour councillor Phil Page described the event as “appalling” and “insensitive”.
He said: “There are people genuinely afraid of what the proposed budget means for their jobs and their ability to feed their families and the council thinks a foot rub is the answer.
“While I’m pleased that the event was stopped I’m amazed that it ever got the go-ahead in the first place without someone in charge pulling the plug.”
All council staff were invited and members of the public were also allowed to join in.
Council Chief Executive Simon Warren apologised for any “insensitivity” shown to struggling taxpayers.
It had been set up by the human resources department as part of National Stress Awareness Day.
Counselling company Lewis Psychology was on hand to offer advice and take referrals.
Staff were invited to have back and foot massages and to have their eyebrows threaded as part of an event for National Stress Awareness Day.
Mr Warren said: “I ordered an immediate halt to this event which I had not been informed about.
“I understand that both members of the public and staff have complained about employees receiving massages in full public view and I completely support their concerns.
“I’d like to apologise to members of the public who visited the Civic Centre for any insensitivity shown to them.
“I’d also like to point out by way of reassurance, that no public funds were used in staging this event.
“I’ll be calling senior officers to account and ensuring they take into consideration public perception before staging such events in future.”
The Tory councillor who oversees the human resources department Joan Stevenson said: “Stress is a serious issue for staff and employers alike and it is costly to the UK economy and as an employer the council takes its responsibility seriously.”

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    Ammara said,

    well that’s pretty gay :\


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