Colliers Wood Next store picketed by protestors

Wimbledon Guardian: Colliers Wood Next store picketed by protestors Colliers Wood Next store picketed by protestors

A Colliers Wood retailer was picketed by protesters last week as part of a campaign to increase low wages.

Demonstrators from the GMB and police officers gathered outside NEXT Home in the Tandem Centre in Collier’s Wood on Wednesday, September 26, in what was a peaceful protest calling for the company to raise it pay for those on a minimum wage of £6.08, and below for young staff, to a living wage of £7.20.

The GMB said the company were expected to reach profits of £620m for the year to January 2013.

Paul Maloney GMB Regional Secretary said "It is a scandal that NEXT should be paying minimum wages and that some apprentices are paid £2.60 per hour when they are making such huge profits.

"There is no excuse for this absolute greed.

"Figures published today by the GMB demonstrate that NEXT are amongst the worst offenders in the retail sector for low pay and high profits and there is a link between the two."

A spokesperson for NEXT could not confirm what low ranking staff were paid at the Colliers Wood store, but said all their staff were paid a living wage and that their warehouse workers received an average of £9.16 per hour, including bonuses.

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4:59pm Wed 3 Oct 12

Jay2010 says...

It's the same pretty much everywhere. If young people where able to work on wages which where realistic on living from then we wouldn't have half as many problems with crime amongst people my age. The mentality is "Why go out and work hard for the whole day, to come home with £18" £18 Which, may I add, only just covers travel and lunch costs for many. If these companies where not so greedy and paid their staff a decent salary it would benefit everybody.
It's the same pretty much everywhere. If young people where able to work on wages which where realistic on living from then we wouldn't have half as many problems with crime amongst people my age. The mentality is "Why go out and work hard for the whole day, to come home with £18" £18 Which, may I add, only just covers travel and lunch costs for many. If these companies where not so greedy and paid their staff a decent salary it would benefit everybody. Jay2010
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2:25am Thu 4 Oct 12

GR-London says...

Since the last Labour government deliberately flooded this country with immigrants, unscrupulous employers have taken advantage of the situation and basically just treat people like modern-day slaves, paying ridiculously low wages.

Many people don't 'live' any more, they just barely 'survive' if they are lucky, so that they can go to work another day and help companies boost their profits by more millions.

You would think that as a country, as a society, we are moving forward, but in reality we are going backwards.

Thank you Tony Blair.
Since the last Labour government deliberately flooded this country with immigrants, unscrupulous employers have taken advantage of the situation and basically just treat people like modern-day slaves, paying ridiculously low wages. Many people don't 'live' any more, they just barely 'survive' if they are lucky, so that they can go to work another day and help companies boost their profits by more millions. You would think that as a country, as a society, we are moving forward, but in reality we are going backwards. Thank you Tony Blair. GR-London
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