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Conditions at FCA HQ criticised

Michael Lloyd

November 12, 2019

A watchdog has found the FCA’s £60m headquarters to be in poor condition, with some instances of colleagues defecating on the floor of toilet cubicles, The Evening Standard has reported.

Georgina Philippou, chief operating officer at the FCA, wrote in a letter to staff which was seen by The Standard, that she was “appalled about the incidents of bad behaviour towards our building and colleagues”.

Other instances of bad behaviour, as reported in The Standard, included “leaving cutlery and crockery in the kitchen areas, overflowing bins, stealing plants and charging cables from desks, catering and security teams being subject to verbal abuse…urinating on the floor in the men’s toilets and leaving alcohol bottles in sanitary bins”.

The FCA moved headquarters from Canary Wharf to Stratford around 18 months ago.

Robert Sinclair, chief executive of AMI, said: “It’s positive they are taking action to deal with issues in the organisation.

“It is clearly of concern that an organisation that’s all about setting standards is finding these domestic difficulties.”

A spokesperson from the FCA added: “There has been a small number of incidents of bad behaviour towards our colleagues and building.

“We have a duty as an employer to highlight this sort of poor behaviour and our senior management are very clear it is simply unacceptable.

“We value all of our staff and it is only right that we call out poor behaviour when we see it.

“Judging from the feedback we have received on the article, our staff agree.”


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