Sunderland Echo

Fair pay for shop staff

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Last year was turbulent for most of us, but a lucrative one for supermarke­ts.

Sainsbury’s has already reported a 9.3% rise in sales over Christmas and Morrisons is not far behind with an 8.5% increase in what is expected to be a bumper trading period for supermarke­ts.

It’s time these profits were reflected in shop workers’ pay, after all they have put themselves at an increased risk during the pandemic to keep everyone else’s fridges and cupboards stocked.

For shop workers, it’s galling enough that they are paid less than their colleagues in distributi­on centres; for this to continue to be the case when supermarke­ts are experienci­ng a rise in sales is another blow to hardworkin­g employees.

We are currently acting for more than 45,000

supermarke­t workers in their equal pay battle.

We promise to continue fighting for this for as long as it takes to ensure shop workers are paid fairly.

Supermarke­ts need to recognise that their staff are the beating heart that keeps their businesses going and give their employees the pay they deserve.

Emma Satyamurti, Partner in the Leigh Day employment team.

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“Staff are the beating heart that keeps businesses going.”

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