UK: Not a single high street retail chain will commit to pay living wage, investigation finds

Author: James Moore, Independent (UK), Published on: 17 March 2015

Retailers have come under fire after investigations by The Independent revealed that not a single high street retail chain has guaranteed staff the living wage. Last week National Express became the first transport company to become an accredited UK-wide living-wage employer, joining 1,200 firms in paying the independently set hourly rate of £7.85, or £9.15 in London...Retailers are conspicuous by their absence from the list,... Neil Jameson, director of Citizens UK, said: “Not a single high street retailer has accredited as a Living Wage employer, despite posting huge profits, whilst we, the taxpayers, help top up the wages of their low-paid staff through in-work tax credits...[refers to John Lewis, Co-operative (part of (Co-operative Group)]

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Related companies: Co-operative Group John Lewis (part of John Lewis Partnership) John Lewis Partnership National Express