Avanti slammed after handing out 'insulting gimmicks' to support ... trends now

Avanti slammed after handing out 'insulting gimmicks' to support ... trends now
Avanti slammed after handing out 'insulting gimmicks' to support ... trends now

Avanti slammed after handing out 'insulting gimmicks' to support ... trends now

Avanti West Coast has come under fire for handing out 'insulting gimmicks' to support female employees going through the menopause.

The rail firm was accused of making a 'joke' out of the menopause which can often be 'debilitating'.

Avanti confirmed that it had given staff a bag filled with 'gifts' which comes with a description of why each item could help them.

This includes a jelly baby 'in case you feel like biting someone's head off', a paper clip 'to help you keep it all together', a tissue 'if you're feeling a bit emotional' and a pencil 'to write down the things you might forget'.

Other items included a fan 'handy for the hot sweats', a candle 'to remind you there is light at the end of the tunnel', tea 'because tea makes everything better' and a penny 'to bring you good luck. 

There was also chocolate because 'hey, great excuse to eat chocolate'.

Avanti West Coast has come under fire for handing out 'insulting gimmicks' to support female employees going through menopause

Avanti West Coast has come under fire for handing out 'insulting gimmicks' to support female employees going through menopause

The Aslef train drivers' union shared a photo of the list and wrote on X: 'Avanti the menopause is debilitating for some women, it's not a joke. 

'Rather than handing out insulting gimmicks to female employees you'd be better placed developing workplace policies and procedures that value and support peri-menopausal and menopausal women!'

The post has been seen by more than 10,000 users already and has sparked outrage in the comments.

One user said: 'What the actual? Someone got out of bed, went to work and presented this as a good idea they had thought of? And then Avanti went ahead with it?'

A second posted: 'Wow. That's just embarrassing.'

A third wrote: 'This has made me so angry. My wife has been through the menopause and it was no joke.' 

And another commented: 'Just pathetic! So demeaning and patronising, who on earth thought this was a good idea?' 

It's the latest controversy to rock the rail firm, with commuters across Britain crippled by a series of walkouts and a nine-day ban on overtime earlier this month, which impacted trains run by the likes of Avanti.

Mick

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