POPPIES pinned to clothing are always a familiar sight at this time of year – but the uniform policy of one national store in Boston did not originally allow staff to show their support.
Poundland, which has a store in Pescod Square, has now changed its policy so staff can wear the symbols of remembrance in the run-up to Armistice Day, after the red paper poppies did not originally comply with its uniform code.
The company has confirmed staff can now wear poppies at their own discretion, after complaints from both staff and customers.
This move has been welcomed by Sue Ransome, honorary Poppy Appeal organiser for Boston and District.
She said she found it strange that Poundland had originally not allowed its staff to show support for the Poppy Appeal, which raises money to support troops and their families.
She added: “I think it’s very peculiar, especially for a British company. The Poppy Appeal now is more popular than ever before.
“I think because of Afghanistan people are more aware and more supportive. People in Boston are very supportive.”
In a statement concerning the uniform policy, Poundland’s chief executive officer Jim McCarthy said: “We have for some years operated a clear and simple dress code that store colleagues are requested to observe. The policy was designed to prevent issues arising that for whatever reason could upset individuals or communities and to focus our energy on raising money for colleague-nominated charities.
“We have decided that in the case of the Poppy Appeal to allow store colleagues to use their own discretion in wearing poppies.”
The problem was brought to light on Friday after a staff member at a store in Northern Ireland walked out on her shift because she was asked to remove her poppy.
Staff are also allowed to wear badges and insignia relating to the company’s official charities, the company has confirmed.
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