Trade Union Blasts Workplace Meat-Free Policy

The group says WeWork employees should not have to pay if they choose to eat animals
The criticism has been waged despite WeWork's allowance for 'medical or religious' exceptions (Photo: Instagram)

The UK's Trades Union Congress (TUC) has condemned the recent choice of coworking giant WeWork to no longer serve, or allow employees to expense the cost of, meat.

Case for compensation

The TUC's Senior Employment Rights Officer Hannah Reed said: "Employees should be encouraged to make healthy choices.

"They should not be left out of pocket if they choose to eat meat."

Reed's statement, while focused on health, failed to address WeWork's explicitly outlined motivation for the change of policy - the environmental impact of carnism.

The company anticipates the change will have a massive environmental impact (Photo: Instagram)

Positive impact

The company anticipates it will save 'an estimated 16.7 billion gallons of water, 445.1 million pounds (201.9 million kg) of CO2 emissions, and over 15 million animals by 2023' with the change of policy.

Environmental impact aside, the move also has the potential to improve employee health and reduce demand for the slaughter of animals across the 20 countries in which WeWork operates.


WeWork has also clearly indicated that its policy team is open to discussion of any 'medical or religious' exceptions to the rule.

Slater + Gordon Employment Lawyer Sadiq Vohra told BBC that given these allowances, the new policy 'should not be problematic'.

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