Sainsbury’s workers are using payday loans, struggling to pay for their children’s school uniforms, and haven’t had a holiday in years, according to Unite, the largest union in the UK.
In the first salvo of a campaign to obtain a ‘substantial’ pay increase for its 16,000 members working at Sainsbury's, Unite has conducted a snapshot survey of its members.
It reveals that low pay has a significant impact on the life of Sainsbury’s workers. Staff widely reported that they have debt problems, rely on tax credits and pay day loans, with many saying they have been unable to afford to take a holiday for years.
In contrast, Unite points to earnings by chief executive Justin King, which are in excess of £3m in 2010/2011, while many of Unite members – many of them women working part-time – take home pay not much above the UK national minimum wage.
The Sainsbury’s board is due to meet soon to discuss the pay increase for 2012.
The Sainsbury’s website states: Our vision is to make Sainsbury's a place where people love to work and shop. This means we have to find the best people and treat them in the right way.
Sainsbury's got in touch with FoodBev.com to highlight its website page that provides more information about the company's position on pay.
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