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Saturday, 11th February 2012

UK: Face the Difference

Source: Fair Pay Network (UK)

From the Introduction:

The four largest national supermarket chains in the United Kingdom – Tesco, Sainsburys, ASDA and Morrisons – now form a commercial and employment monolith spanning every town and city.Between them, the four chains employ an estimated 893,126 people at 7,293 stores. Collectively they are the largest employer block in the country and second across both private and public sectors only to the NHS. They are expanding at an extraordinary rate; there will be 20% more of their supermarkets in the UK by 2014, the shopping space area equivalent of 350 football pitches...This colossal success is vividly reflected in the annual pay and bonus packages received by those at the top of the four...

But as the evidence of this study proves, those employed at the bottom of the employment structures within the four supermarket giants are not having such a good time.

This report demonstrates unequivocally that the despite the expansion, profits and executive bonuses, not one of the four largest supermarket chains pay the London Living Wage rate to its staff within the capital.

+ Direct link to Report (PDF; 4.2 MB)



Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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