Posted 20 days ago
A charity I am involved with made a decision on 21st December to award staff an additional three days holiday pay for 29/30/12 for their work this year. This was based on a majority being in favour. My issue is that this idea was only proposed by the Chair on the 6th December. We had our A.G.M just before this online, with members too, without a mention of it. The last trustee meeting only three trustees showed ( there are now only seven, with one there just for treasurer duties)and the one after the summer, papers were provided late to the trustees. Replies to the Chair after the 6th indicated people broadly in favour, with two suggesting an online discussion, including myself and one saying that we should be care full of not making this sort of payment the norm and expected. When it came to the replies from the Chairs email of the 21st, these two agreed with it without a further word.
My problem with this decision is to do with the haste in the decision being made plus that it has been made via email, especially given the context of the lack of trustee meetings. There was no sharing of the cost of these additional payments, though it is known that the charity has good reserves.Indeed there has been no communication in the last couple of months from staff or the Chair outside of this issue and papers being forwarded for meetings.
I have already made my feelings known on this to to other trustees about the way this decision was being made, but what should be my next step on this in the New Year? I would want to make a more referenced reply.