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Employers encouraged to celebrate Christmas

21 Dec 2007

Employers encouraged to celebrate Christmas

Employers have been encouraged to celebrate Christmas at the workplace by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

There is a growing feeling that celebrating Christmas at work is not acceptable as it is a Christian celebration but commission has backed the celebrations, along with leaders of the Hindu, Muslim and Sikh communities, reports Personnel Today.

Trevor Phillips, chief executive of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, said at a diversity conference: "A lot of these stories about Christmas are the usual silly season stuff. But I can't help feeling there's sometimes an underlying agenda to use this great holiday to fuel community tension."

He added that this is why he asks leaders of different religious communities to join him to say "its time stop being daft about Christmas" and "its fine to celebrate, and its fine for Christ to be the star of the show".

Birmingham city council came under criticism for using the term Winterval to describe all religious festivals and now nearly half of primary schools in Birmingham do not have a nativity play.

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission opened in October this year and aims to end discrimination and harassment of people because of their age, gender, religion, race, disability or sexual orientation.

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