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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

Renate Rothwell
William Sydenham
Ellen Bote
Jean Flemming
Fenella Watts
Andy May
Sam Clements
Ivo Atanasov
Rachel Guest
David Webb
Stephen Rose
Andrew Grant
Darryl Burden
Robert Broad
John Campbell
Shane Lennon
Stewart Hyde
Erin van der Maas
Jan Prince
Jennifer Morris
David Roper
Tamara Epps
Jo Watkins
Kathryn Ribbins
269 signatures

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  • Renate Rothwell
    signed 2018-10-17 09:17:11 +0100
  • William Sydenham
    signed 2018-10-16 12:32:29 +0100
  • Ellen Bote
    signed 2018-02-01 11:51:24 +0000
  • Jean Flemming
    signed 2018-02-01 11:34:06 +0000
  • Fenella Watts
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  • Fenella Watts
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  • Fenella Watts
    signed 2018-01-27 09:29:16 +0000
  • Andy May
    signed 2018-01-25 08:47:07 +0000
  • Sam Clements
    signed 2017-07-23 02:38:01 +0100
  • Ivo Atanasov
    signed 2016-03-22 21:45:11 +0000
  • Rachel Guest
    signed 2016-02-25 08:57:45 +0000
    Pay your fair share – or is “austerity” a smokescreen for the rich to profit from the poor? The worst part is the poor have no choice but to shop with you.
  • David Webb
    signed 2016-01-05 16:19:10 +0000
  • Stephen Rose
    signed 2016-01-05 09:31:22 +0000
  • Andrew Grant
    signed 2016-01-05 07:22:38 +0000
  • Darryl Burden
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-01-05 06:27:11 +0000
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  • Darryl Burden
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  • Robert Broad
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-01-04 23:13:41 +0000
    Sign our Letter to Retail CEOs: 5 Successful Companies are Leeching £1 billion from the Taxpayer to Subsidise Low Pay
  • Robert Broad
    signed 2016-01-04 23:12:30 +0000
    Benefits are for the needy and not support wealthy businesses so they can pay a lower wage.
  • John Campbell
    signed 2016-01-04 23:02:10 +0000
  • Shane Lennon
    signed 2016-01-04 22:36:33 +0000
  • Stewart Hyde
    signed 2016-01-04 21:15:31 +0000
  • Erin van der Maas
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-01-04 21:04:25 +0000
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  • Erin van der Maas
    signed 2016-01-04 21:03:39 +0000
  • Jan Prince
    signed 2016-01-04 20:59:03 +0000
  • Jennifer Morris
    signed 2016-01-04 20:55:43 +0000
  • David Roper
    signed 2016-01-04 19:38:01 +0000
  • Tamara Epps
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-01-04 15:31:00 +0000
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  • Tamara Epps
    signed 2016-01-04 15:30:14 +0000
  • Jo Watkins
    signed 2016-01-04 10:37:59 +0000
  • Kathryn Ribbins
    signed 2015-09-05 10:29:27 +0100