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Veolia widens armed forces commitment

Veolia has widened the benefits it offers to staff who are serving or former armed forces members.

It employs more than 400 current or former military personnel.

Under the wider version of the armed forces covenant now adopted, the company will allow employees who join the armed forces unpaid leave during their basic training and the right to return to their previous role.

There will also be 10 days’ extra leave for reservists to attend annual training, and their period of mobilisation will be treated as unpaid special leave with continuity of employment.

Staff with relations on active duty will be allowed reasonable time off to deal with urgent matters.

Veolia has also partnered with veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress and will encourage employees to fundraise at least £100,000 for it.

Gavin Graveson, executive vice-president, Veolia UK & Ireland, said: “Not only are we demonstrating commitment to current military personnel and those wishing to serve, but also consolidating our position more broadly as a forces-friendly employer.”

He is pictured (right) signing the covenant with rear admiral John Weale.

 

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