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Interesting Christmas spirit an APS team …

By I-filed - 23 November 2011 18

I’m interested to hear from Rioters whether this is unusual in the APS:

    — Our AS has organised for my broader branch team to have two lunches.

    — There’s a “director’s lunch” at an expensive restaurant,

    — and there’s a “peasant’s lunch” for the rest of the branch at a cheap restaurant which the directors of course may attend as well.

I’ve never struck this before in the public service! Perhaps the directors have always gotten together separately but just haven’t broadcast the fact.

Is this usual? I’d love to know!

Frankly I’d rather go to the good restaurant for a slap-up lunch at Christmas!

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Interesting Christmas spirit an APS team …
matt31221 5:56 pm 23 Nov 11

@OP that is terrible! Crap party for the peasants and the good party for execs. Isn’t that bloody terrible. I hate this kind of elitism in any organisation.

Luckily they don’t do that at ActewAGL. They have several Christmas parties all with different themes (not mentioning the small section parties). They are brilliantly run and catered, anyone can go to the parties that correspond with which social club they joined up with (one or all) – workers and execs and you can mingle with whom you like. (this is the opinion of matt31221 and not ActewAGL)

poetix 5:41 pm 23 Nov 11

RedDogInCan said :

poetix said :

RedDogInCan said :

You insensitive bastards! We astronomers use the Julian Calendar which doesn’t have years. We never get invited to these sort of parties.

Do you get invited to Christmas in July parties instead?

No, we’re astronomers not accountants.

God’s own accountants, surely…

Henry82 5:25 pm 23 Nov 11

At my last job I got a generic card, similar to the Andrew Leigh’s ‘street party’ template. So consider yourself lucky with a free meal!

RedDogInCan 4:54 pm 23 Nov 11

poetix said :

RedDogInCan said :

You insensitive bastards! We astronomers use the Julian Calendar which doesn’t have years. We never get invited to these sort of parties.

Do you get invited to Christmas in July parties instead?

No, we’re astronomers not accountants.

EvanJames 4:00 pm 23 Nov 11

Yep, people don’t seem to realise that in the APS, you pay your own way! It is rude though, having a Special People party, wouldn’t have happened in my day. Or if it did, we certainly didn’t know about it.

Private sector is so different, everything is paid for. And you get a nice present too. I got told off the other day for having breakfast in the hotel dining room rather than getting room service. Bloody hell. Imagine using room service on an APS trip, you’d never hear the end of it, probably get done for fraud.

qbngeek 2:13 pm 23 Nov 11

jonquil14 said :

Lol at commenters who think APS employers pay for our Christmas lunches. Hell to the no, no public money is spent on such frivolities (the same reason they don’t provide tea/coffee, cups, plates, spoons etc in the lunchroom).

Ahh the joys of the private sector, large bonuses and an abundance of Xmas parties paid for by other people. I have RSVP’d for five so far and was invited to another but will have issues getting there.

Just don’t tell them I am only in it for the free food and booze 🙂

Overheard 2:06 pm 23 Nov 11

And yeah, it’s paid for by the punters. You’re not going to find any budget-funded APS organisation paying for hospitality or entertainment. I’ve worked in areas (including this one) where the director/manager level types routinely throw in for drinks for the peasants.

Overheard 2:04 pm 23 Nov 11

Due to where and how I’ve worked of late, today I just paid for a ticket to my first departmental Xmas party since 1997. Forgotten what they look like.

poetix 1:55 pm 23 Nov 11

RedDogInCan said :

You insensitive bastards! We astronomers use the Julian Calendar which doesn’t have years. We never get invited to these sort of parties.

Do you get invited to Christmas in July parties instead?

far_northact 1:38 pm 23 Nov 11

We have a departmental one and a section one. Neither are paid for by the workplace. Attendance at any of these lunches is entirely optional, all staff are welcome to stay at work.. and work instead of being festive.

Personally, I wouldn’t care if the Directors or SES went out without me, you should have an early lunch, and enjoy the peace while they’re not in the office for the afternoon!

RedDogInCan 1:20 pm 23 Nov 11

Bluey said :

Next year it’ll be an end of year celebration and the following a ‘voluntary gathering of team members to commemorate the end of a calendar year’

You insensitive bastards! We astronomers use the Julian Calendar which doesn’t have years. We never get invited to these sort of parties.

jonquil14 10:42 am 23 Nov 11

Lol at commenters who think APS employers pay for our Christmas lunches. Hell to the no, no public money is spent on such frivolities (the same reason they don’t provide tea/coffee, cups, plates, spoons etc in the lunchroom).

This is weird and wrong. It’s quite normal to have a branch, section and, in smaller agencies, an agency wide Christmas lunch, but segregating the EL2s and the AS is definitely not usual.

Bluey 10:21 am 23 Nov 11

I’d be grateful to have a Christmas do organised at all. The PC brigade is doing a great job of dismantling Christmas cheer in the Public Service.

Next year itll be an end of year celebration and the following a ‘voluntary gathering of team members to commemorate the end of a calendar year’

Watson 10:09 am 23 Nov 11

I agree that it’s quite common to have several Xmas dos. And at your branch they just happen to have one with the directors separately. Our directors still have a planning day on a golf course each year, I believe!

As for the difference in restaurant quality… they try to make it affordable for everyone. It is assumed that directors can all afford expensive lunches, but not all of the peasants can. Like you, I don’t mind shelling out on expensive food now and then, but some of my colleagues wouldn’t come if they had to pay more than $15 for their lunch.

davo101 9:37 am 23 Nov 11

I don’t understand what the problem is. Most organisations have numerous Christmas parties all divided up on different lines. My PB was 5: a departmental party, division party, branch party, unit party, and a group of us had our own BBQ on the last day of work. Personally I rather not have the high-ups in attendance anyway.

Or is the problem that your employer pays for the party and you want better food? In which case as a NSW PS (where you can’t spend any public money on entertainment) I recommend you keep your mouth closed and hope that the Telegraph doesn’t find out.

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