I still fail to see how this is automatically a bad thing just because business is adapting to employee needs.
This isn't employee needs, this is employer wants. Companies should stop thinking up bullshit "perks". Screw company cars (don't drive, don't want one), gym memberships (I can walk and run in the park for free), child care (for fuck's sake, bring up your own children). If it wasn't for the money, we wouldn't be there. I can think of far better things to do with my time than deal with the ridiculous compliance procedures that almost every job in the Western kills its employees' morale with now.
My point is, that inflation happens every year (save for those rare occasions of deflation), so you need to get a pay rise or equivalent every year, or you're going backwards. So for every year you don't get a pay rise, you need to get more and more days off that year.