POSTED: June 16 2016
CBI calls for firms to be flexible on referendum day

CBI calls for firms to be flexible on referendum day

The CBI has called on businesses throughout the UK to help ensure that their employees get the opportunity to visit their polling station and vote in the EU referendum on 23 June.

Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General:

“The referendum on 23 June will be the biggest decision that most of us will get to vote on in our lifetimes.

“The decision on whether we choose to stay in the EU will have serious implications for our economy, jobs and the opportunities for young people in the years ahead and it’s important everyone has their say.

“Only by having a clear result, where everyone’s voice has been heard will we be able to build stability and move on after the vote, whatever the outcome.

“Firms have an important role to play: where possible, they should do what they can to help their staff have the time to cast their vote.

“That might mean showing greater flexibility on when they expect employees to arrive at work and leave for the day, or perhaps see how shift patterns can be adjusted as a one-off.”

Alex Chesterman, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Zoopla Property Group said:

“We believe the EU referendum is one of the most important decisions in recent memory that we each have a say in and one which will likely affect all of us for many years to come.

Given the importance of this matter, we are keen to ensure that everyone at ZPG who wishes to exercise their right to vote has the time to do so.

That’s why we are allowing all our staff, if they wish, to take a half day off on this day to ensure they can visit their respective polling station.”

Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Chief Executive at Virgin Money said:

“The referendum on 23 June will be the biggest decision that most of us will get the chance to vote on in our lifetimes.

The decision on whether we choose to stay in the EU affects everyone and will have far reaching consequences for our trade and economy, our defence and security, British sovereignty and our place and influence in the world – plus much more besides.

As such, it’s important everyone has their say and we are allowing all Virgin Money colleagues the flexibility to take some time out of the working day to cast their vote.”

HSBC:

“HSBC encourages all eligible colleagues to to vote in the referendum, and has asked managers to adopt a flexible approach on 23 June, to enable colleagues to vote in person.”

Full press release on news.cbi.org.uk