The workers should not be left out of pocket if you eat meat, according to the uk’s largest union, after the firm said that it would not pay the expenses of the meals that contain meat.
Company WeWork has told staff it will not pay for meals that contain poultry, pork and red meat.
It will also stop serving meat at their events due to environmental concerns.
The TUC said companies should encourage staff to make healthy choices, but should not penalize the consumers of meat.
WeWork, a US-based shared office space provider that employs 6,000 people worldwide, said in a note: “go ahead, we’re not going to serve or to pay for the meat at WeWork events, including poultry, pork and red meat.”
It is, he said, citing a research from the journal Science, “avoiding meat is one of the most important things a person can do to reduce their own environmental impact.”
WeWork said its decision was going to save 16.6 million gallons of water, 445.1 million pounds of CO2 emissions and 15,507,103 animals.
The calculation is based on five-year projections for the growth of the employee, as well as the number of people that use their office space – which is currently 253,000 “members”.
Hannah Reed, senior employment rights officer at the TUC, said: “Employees should be encouraged to make healthy choices. Should not be left out of pocket if you eat meat.”
Bloomberg reported that the people who need “medical or religious” rights issue refers to WeWork’s policy team to discuss their options.’Prescriptive’
Sadiq Vohra, an employment lawyer at Slater + Gordon, says: “it is very prescriptive, a company to tell employees when they are away from home we’re not going to pay for that you-can-eat meat products.”
But he said that as the company was able to make concessions to the policy for religious reasons or for medical reasons, then that should not be a problem.
Businesses have become more openly on environmental issues, and earlier this year a number of companies in the uk signed a pact to cut plastic pollution in the next seven years.
Alastair Woods, reward and employment, a partner at PwC, the accountancy firm, said that the way in which a company “thinks about the rest of the world” is of growing importance to prospective employees.
He said: “We recently ran a survey to employees to ask questions about what they are looking for an employer beyond pay.
“A quarter of 18-34 year olds in the uk, said that acting with integrity is important to an employer, and over 15% said that the commitment of doing good in society was a factor in the decision of whether to apply for a job with a specific company.”