I've just been told by my company that I was being subscribed to an insurance scheme. The benefit of this scheme is that if I am absent due to sickness for a few days, then I am paid fully for these days. (Note: If I am absent for 4 days or more, then I am already covered by state insurance).
I wouldn't mind this new scheme, but I think the cost is ridiculous; it is equivalent to 10 days salary a year, and in the 11 years of working full time I have missed about 5 days total.
I have been told unequivocally that the scheme is mandatory, and that it is legal for them to inscribe me like this (which I fully believe). I have been unable to find out if my company gets a commission for each employee it inscribes.
So basically I feel like I am getting my pay docked with very little benefit to me. The only way I can think to redress the balance is if I start taking sick days for minor ailments such as colds, headaches etc., but honestly I would be very uncomfortable with this.
Generally I am satisfied with my job and like the work, but I have had disputes with HR before.