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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

Nick Gretton
Lessette Shei
Francesca Palange
alan humphries
Patricia Wilkinson
Elizabeth Paterson
Marlyn L Turbitt
Joe Barton
Emily Reid
Tanya Barth Barth
Emma Ashton
Jon Ward
Paul Bull
Andrew Stevens
Michele Bohan
Jack Harte
Vivien Dawson
Simon Perfect
Marc Richeux
matthew Broadhurst
Vivien Buckley
Vinny Killen
269 signatures

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  • Nick Gretton
    signed 2015-06-10 15:51:36 +0100
  • Lessette Shei
    signed via 2015-06-07 16:46:42 +0100
    They need to pay and contribute positively towards the economy
  • Francesca Palange
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-06-07 09:46:34 +0100
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  • Francesca Palange
    signed 2015-06-07 09:46:05 +0100
  • alan humphries
    signed 2015-06-05 08:43:40 +0100
    This sort of thing has been going on for a long time (externalisation) make companies pay the living wage, their fare share of tax and spend the savings on something other than the agrandisement of the few.
  • Trish Wilkinson
    @SlashWilko tweeted link to this page. 2015-06-03 07:37:41 +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=37005
  • Patricia Wilkinson
    signed 2015-06-03 07:37:06 +0100
  • Elizabeth Paterson
    signed 2015-06-02 14:29:58 +0100
  • Marlyn L Turbitt
    signed 2015-06-02 13:06:14 +0100
  • Joe Barton
    signed 2015-05-31 13:35:46 +0100
  • Emily Reid
    signed 2015-05-28 08:14:16 +0100
  • Tanya Barth Barth
    signed 2015-05-27 20:08:50 +0100
  • Emma Ashton
    signed 2015-05-27 10:35:26 +0100
  • Jon Ward
    signed 2015-05-24 23:11:27 +0100
  • Ann Martin
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-05-20 15:06:29 +0100
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  • Paul Bull
    @Paul4Cowick tweeted link to this page. 2015-05-17 14:58:28 +0100
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  • Paul Bull
    signed 2015-05-17 14:58:06 +0100
  • Andrew Stevens
    signed 2015-05-17 07:47:38 +0100
  • Michele Bohan
    signed 2015-05-15 20:50:51 +0100
  • Hero De Medici
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  • Hero De Medici
    @nyeannebevan tweeted link to this page. 2015-05-15 20:32:06 +0100
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  • Jack Harte
    signed 2015-05-15 10:43:31 +0100
  • Vivien Dawson
    signed 2015-05-14 11:41:53 +0100
  • Simon Perfect
    signed 2015-05-13 19:04:08 +0100
  • Marc Richeux
    signed 2015-05-13 14:39:34 +0100
  • matthew Broadhurst
    signed via 2015-05-11 15:27:53 +0100
  • Vivien Buckley
    signed via 2015-05-11 15:02:46 +0100
  • Vinny Killen
    signed 2015-05-11 13:04:28 +0100
  • Proof Improved
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-05-11 09:40:19 +0100
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