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    IKEA build housing for their staff.

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    IKEA build housing for their staff.

    Post by papa_umau on Tue 18 Apr 2017, 12:17 pm

    Swedish furniture and lifestyle chain Ikea is building an apartment block in the Icelandic capital Reykjavik in order to give its employees somewhere affordable to live.

    The 36 flats will be available to staff next summer, the Reykjavik Grapevine website reports, saying that rents in the city have "skyrocketed" in recent years. Thorinn Ivarsson, the company's CEO in Iceland, said the development is intended to provide safe housing for its staff at a reasonable price, with the lowest rent expected to be from 100,000 krona ($889; 716) per month.

    "That's a lot less than people pay for a dump here and there in town," Ivarsson told Iceland's Morganbladid newspaper, going on to say that housing security would result in happy and productive staff. The average rental price for a one bedroom flat in Reykjavik's city centre is 175,000 krona ($1,555; 1,254).

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    What a great idea that seems to be.

    Historically, many of the rich mill-owners in Britain used to do this in the past and the homes that were built were of very high quality and are still standing today.

    There is one little twist that worries me about this IKEA move, and that is that these homes will almost probably be "tied" to the work that is done by the occupants.

    This means that if a worker loses his or her job for any reason they will also automatically lose their home.

    Comments of this IKEA idea please.


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    Re: IKEA build housing for their staff.

    Post by zathrus on Thu 20 Apr 2017, 11:18 am

    Many philanthropic employers of the past have done this for their workers to ensure that they lived in comfort and without it costing them too dearly.

    As you say Paps, the greatest weakness with tied housing, of whatever standard, is that if the person ceases to work with that employer they do lose their home as well.

    I suppose, from an employer's point of view, this is a great way to hang on to the best workers.
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    Re: IKEA build housing for their staff.

    Post by Hell's Granny on Thu 20 Apr 2017, 3:45 pm

    Often, the big manufacturer of the past was the only employer in town, and as people couldn't travel far they had no choice, but those big companies, often run by Quaker families, were very keen to help and keep their workers happy.

    It wasn't just accommodation, but sports and healthy lifestyle were encouraged. and the children were also guaranteed work in the company. Often the companies were temperance, which could throw up the odd problem.

    I worked for a department store in the 60's, which was regulated along those lines. Not temperance, fortunately, but there was a sports centre for workers, regular organised Sports days and other social events such as dances, trips to Theatres, etc. At Christmas, all the workers got either a Turkey Hamper, or a Drinks Hamper, a generous Staff Discount, and single female workers had hostel accommodation if required.

    Unfortunately, it is no more, bought out by another Department Store chain.
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    Post by papa_umau on Fri 21 Apr 2017, 12:58 pm

    Yes HG, sadly the new corporate executives are dragging their properties further and further away from good employment relations.

    Nowadays it is the bottom line that matters more than any other ethic.


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    Post by Angie baby on Sat 22 Apr 2017, 11:16 am

    Yes, that is true Papa.

    Many of the new corporate employers do not have the health and wealth of their employees to heart so long as they can get them to work for the minimum wage and sort out their own accommodation.

    I do see what you are talking about as far as tied homes are concerned, but if the employers are decent enough to their workers as far as wages are concerned and they provide cheap but high quality accommodation then most of these workers would not even think of leaving such a job.
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    Re: IKEA build housing for their staff.

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 23 Apr 2017, 12:09 pm

    Tied housing has always been a bug-bear to society, but unlike the tied houses that the landowners of old used to supply, ( very poor quality and little more than slums ), the ones we are talking about here were of very high quality and fit for workers and their families to live in.

    Of course, they were still tied to the job and if any of these workers lost their job - for whatever reason - they still lost their homes.


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