5 Successful Companies are Leeching £1 billion from the Taxpayer to Subsidise Low Pay

SIGN OUR TAXPAYERS' LETTER TO THE CHIEF EXECUTIVES OF TESCO, ASDA, SAINSBURY'S, MORRISONS & NEXT CALLING FOR A LIVING WAGE

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To:

Dave Lewis (CEO Tesco)

Andy Clark (CEO Asda)

Mike Coupe (CEO Sainsbury’s)

David Potts (CEO Morrisons)

Simon Wolfson (CEO Next)

                                                                                                                                                                  12th April 2015

Dear CEOs,

We are shocked by new research from Citizens UK that finds low pay costing us taxpayers £11 billion in working benefits and tax credits.

It’s a scandal that your companies, including some of the largest and most profitable in the country, count on the public to prop up lousy pay to your workers and that, in some astonishing cases, you receive more in public subsidy than you contribute in corporation tax to the public purse.

Over 5 million people struggle to get by on less than a Living Wage and over 500,000 are directly employed by you. They deserve the chance to stand on their own two feet and taxpayers shouldn’t be left footing the bill for a profitable company’s poor pay.

There are now over 1,300 accredited Living Wage employers including 20 FTSE 100s. They are proving that there is a better way than low pay, bad jobs and a huge bill for the taxpayer.

Your five companies alone cost us £1 billion in public subsidy each year. That’s enough for 150 new schools or 4 million ambulance call outs and, staggeringly, is as much as your entire collective contribution in corporation tax.

Paying the Living Wage wouldn’t see your public subsidy eliminated, but it would be a major and affordable step towards balanced, responsible business.

We call on you to commit to paying the Living Wage as a way to properly reward your workers and re-balance your responsibilities to the public in a way that is fair and reasonable.

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  • @gaurangmorjaria tweeted link to this page. 2015-04-12 17:26:16 +0100
    Sign our Letter to Retail CEOs: 5 Successful Companies are Leeching £1 billion from the Taxpayer to Subsidise Low Pay http://www.citizensuk.org/subsidy?recruiter_id=29475
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  • signed 2015-04-12 17:07:31 +0100
    This is wrong – you should pay your staff a living wage and not rely on the taxpayer to subsidise you. This scrounger mentality needs to stop.
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    Sign our Letter to Retail CEOs: 5 Successful Companies are Leeching £1 billion from the Taxpayer to Subsidise Low Pay
  • signed 2015-04-12 15:15:00 +0100
    The Co-Operative pays it’s lowest paid workers above the minimum wage
  • signed 2015-04-12 15:03:31 +0100
    It would seem that big businesses are the real “Benefits Scroungers” that need to be stopped!

    As a UK Tax payer I strongly object to my taxes being used to line the pockets of these corporate fat cats…
  • signed 2015-04-12 14:55:05 +0100
    You stand to lose business through this surefire way to lose customers! Increasingly more people are becoming aware of this situation which clearly does not reflect favourably on you. The opposite is true if you would just do the honourable thing and pay your lowest paid staff the Living Wage, and thus, ultimately, boost your company’s profits!
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  • signed 2015-04-12 14:37:34 +0100
    I promise I will never buy anything from your shops as long as you do not commit to paying the Living Wage as a way to properly reward your workers and re-balance your responsibilities to the public in a way that is fair and reasonable.
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