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Pepsi letting Muslim staff swap public holidays for Ramadan

Pepsi is allowing its Muslim staff in Australia to switch public holidays so they can take a day off during religious events around Ramadan.

The American soft drink giant’s Sydney-based senior human resources manager Shiona Watson said it wanted to let employees take days off that were ‘culturally relevant’ to them.

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The radical policy change gives Muslims the privilege of replacing the Queen’s Birthday long weekend with a day off to mark Eid, the end of Ramadan.

Pepsi is allowing its Muslim staff in Australia to switch public holidays so they can take a day off during religious events around Ramadan

The radical policy change gives Muslims the privilege of replacing the Queen's Birthday long weekend with a day off to mark Eid, the end of Ramadan (Lakemba in western Sydney pictured in 2017)

The radical policy change gives Muslims the privilege of replacing the Queen’s Birthday long weekend with a day off to mark Eid, the end of Ramadan (Lakemba in western Sydney pictured in 2017)

With both of these holidays occurring in June, PepsiCo said it wanted to cater to different minority groups.

‘As part of PepsiCo’s ongoing initiative to support diversity and inclusion in the workplace, we introduced a concept last year called “floating cultural holidays”,’ a company spokeswoman Simone Rayner told Daily Mail Australia today. 

‘This allows employees to swap out some public holidays, for other days in the year that may be more culturally relevant for them.’

Pepsi added most of Australia’s public holidays were based on ‘a Christian Anglo-Saxon calendar’.

With both of these holidays occurring in June, PepsiCo said it wanted to cater to different minority groups

With both of these holidays occurring in June, PepsiCo said it wanted to cater to different minority groups

Despite acknowledging the Christian roots of Australia's major public holidays, Pepsi's Muslim workers won't, at this stage, have the option of swapping out of Christmas or Easter

Despite acknowledging the Christian roots of Australia’s major public holidays, Pepsi’s Muslim workers won’t, at this stage, have the option of swapping out of Christmas or Easter

Despite acknowledging the Christian roots of Australia’s major public holidays, Pepsi’s Muslim workers won’t, at this stage, have the option of swapping out of Christmas or Easter.  

Anzac Day will also remain off limits to a shift swap however they will have the option of working on a state Labour Day or Melbourne Cup Day in Victoria for a religious holiday.

Chinese staff have also been given the option of swapping one of those days for Chinese New Year in February.  

‘For example, we have employees who have swapped Labour Day or the Melbourne Cup public holiday for Eid or Chinese New Year,’ the company spokeswoman said.

‘We have kept some days in the calendar that can’t be swapped out such as Christmas, Easter and ANZAC Day.’



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