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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.

Who's signing

phil Asquith
Judith Asquith
Barrie Johnson
Judith Mather
David Roper
Clare Harding
Andrew Scott
Georgina Dean
Fran Hicks
Rositsa Antova
Conor Barron
Ashley Bird
Rachel Stead
Munadiah Aftab
Rosie Kelly-Nelson
Matthew Jones
gary stewart
Joshua Myers
Elodie
Beverley Matthews
Maxine Hill
Ronald Collis
Louis Dim
pam remon
Stuart Gowan
266 signatures

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  • phil Asquith
    signed via 2015-05-10 13:35:19 +0100
  • Judith Asquith
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-05-10 11:53:37 +0100
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  • Judith Asquith
    signed via 2015-05-10 11:52:36 +0100
  • Barrie Johnson
    signed 2015-05-10 11:00:55 +0100
    I am shocked and disgusted that the low wages that you pay require the government to have to pay top-ups from the public taxes which then causes this government to have to cut standards elsewhere, such as welfare – that is needed for the most vunerable in our society, and adds to the burden of the austerity cuts that are damaging the very fabric of our society. This imbalance of funding should be put an end to immediately.
  • Judith Mather
    signed via 2015-05-09 22:30:47 +0100
  • David Roper
    signed via 2015-05-09 22:14:50 +0100
  • Clare Harding
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-05-09 21:56:42 +0100
    Sign our Letter to Retail CEOs: 5 Successful Companies are Leeching £1 billion from the Taxpayer to Subsidise Low Pay
  • Clare Harding
    signed 2015-05-09 21:55:57 +0100
  • Andrew Scott
    signed 2015-05-09 11:51:39 +0100
  • Georgina Dean
    signed 2015-05-08 17:42:50 +0100
  • Fran Hicks
    signed 2015-05-07 23:14:05 +0100
  • Rositsa Antova
    signed 2015-05-07 11:49:19 +0100
  • Conor Barron
    signed 2015-05-06 17:15:33 +0100
  • ashley lloyd bird
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-05-06 09:42:15 +0100
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  • ashley lloyd bird
    @theashbird tweeted link to this page. 2015-05-06 09:42:09 +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=35439
  • Ashley Bird
    signed 2015-05-06 09:38:53 +0100
  • Rachel Stead
    signed 2015-05-05 22:51:49 +0100
  • Munadiah Aftab
    signed 2015-05-05 22:15:19 +0100
  • Rosie Kelly-Nelson
    signed 2015-05-05 18:08:41 +0100
  • Matthew Jones
    signed 2015-05-04 19:39:42 +0100
  • Louis Robertson
    @L0UISR0BERTSON tweeted link to this page. 2015-05-04 18:06:49 +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=34861
  • gary stewart
    signed 2015-05-04 17:40:59 +0100
    THIS LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN IS A JOKE! If they pay the living wage companies get free branding and publicity. These companies are laughing all the way to the bank for a few pence extra an hour. No wonder they sign up.


    NOONE can live on a pathetic London living wage of 9.15 /hr without relying on benefit top ups.


    It is misleading and should be called the London – Living on Benefit Wage.

    Londoners have some respect and demand 12pound / hr minimum and Citizens UK you should be ashamed of your misleading campaign.
  • Joshua Myers
    signed 2015-05-04 12:21:57 +0100
  • Elodie
    signed 2015-05-03 13:47:27 +0100
  • Beverley Matthews
    signed 2015-05-01 08:38:40 +0100
  • Maxine Hill
    signed 2015-04-26 13:54:24 +0100
  • Ronald Collis
    signed via 2015-04-21 20:18:02 +0100
  • Louis Dim
    signed 2015-04-21 18:25:54 +0100
    It is inhuman,unfair, and unproductive in the long run not to pay the living wage to any worker in London . Profitable businesses should apply common sense of judgement. If you can desire to take millions for yourself think of giving hundreds to those who make the millions possible. It is common sense.
  • pam remon
    signed 2015-04-21 14:37:15 +0100
    I asked an assistant manager in H & M. What she earned – £6.90 what on earth does a sales assistant earn!!!!!!!!
  • Stuart Gowan
    signed 2015-04-20 13:12:16 +0100