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GMB: Protest Thursday 13th December at Starbucks Wimbledon over cuts in terms and failure to pay living wage

GMB Press Release

Starbucks are an anti-social company in cutting terms and conditions and not paying a living wage of £7.45 per hour (£8.55 in London) their 8,500 staff in 750 stores says GMB.

On Thursday 13th December GMB will stage a demonstration outside Starbucks in Wimbledon to protest over recent cuts in terms and conditions and the refusal to pay a living wage to its 8,500 employees in 750 stores across the UK and not paying proper taxes.

On Tuesday 4th December GMB presented Starbucks with a corporate ASBO at their head office in Ealing and on Thursday 6th demonstrated at their store in Colliers Wood. GMB supported action at all the stores on Saturday 8th December.

GMB members employed by the company told the union on Monday 3rd December that Starbucks plan to cut terms and conditions on paid 30 minute lunch breaks and paid sick leave for the first day of illness. Some staff will also see pay increases frozen and there will be cuts in maternity benefits.

The details of the protest today are as follows:

5.30pm to 6.30pm Thursday 13th December

Outside Starbucks

Unit 5 at 10 Wimbledon Hill Rd, London, SW19 7NS

There will be GMB members there with placards and flags.

Michelle Gordon, GMB officer, said “This is the fourth time this month GMB members have protested about Starbucks. GMB has members in Starbucks stores but the company does not recognize any trade union nor is there any collective bargaining on pay and conditions. Starbucks unilaterally decide what the rates of pay and terms and conditions are for their staff and reserve the right to cut terms and conditions with no consultation with their staff as they did earlier this month. GMB is campaigning for Starbucks to pay a living wage of £8.55 per hour in London and of £7.45 per hour outside London for their 8,500 staff in 750 stores.

"Starbucks are a million miles away from empowering their staff and helping them exercise their rights to join a trade union and have it recognized. GMB members in the company are afraid they will be victimised if managers knew they are members of this union. They really are an anti-social company."

Starbucks said today it will pay "somewhere in the range of £10 million" in UK corporation tax for each of the next two years. This is a direct result of them being exposed for not paying their fair share of corporate taxes.”



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