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Topshop Workers Strike Over 'Cruel Pay Cut'

Thursday, February 23, 2017

 

Dedicated staff vote to strike after ‘greedy’ peer slashes wages.

Topshop workers are getting ready to walk out tomorrow morning after disgraced peer Sir Philip Green hit them with a 9 per cent pay cut.

Sir Philip is now facing fresh strikes at TWO Topshop sites after he denied hard-working staff a decent wage.

Workers at Spectrum for Arcadia, a division of the DHL Logistics Supply Chain, in Leeds will walk out on Friday February 24 and Sunday February 26.

Staff will also down tools at the Solihull site.

The industrial action will throw Arcadia’s deliveries from Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Burton Menswear into chaos.

The knight of the realm recently faced calls from MPs to seize his £100million luxury yacht to plug a gaping pension’s black hole in his former company BHS. [1]

It followed unanimous vote by MPs to strip Green of his knighthood. [2]

Pete Davies, GMB organiser, said:

“Sir Philip seems to think normal rules of common decency don’t apply to him as he floats around on his massive yacht.

“He’s refused his dedicated staff an increase beyond the government's legal minimum wage.

“And this paltry increase takes the majority of workers out of the company's more generous pension scheme and into the the minimum scheme.

“Basically, for many it adds up to up to a cruel 9% pay cut.

“It's typical of a greedy employer living on his yacht off the pensions of his employees.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/nov/23/sir-philip-green-yacht-bhs-frank-field-pension-scheme

[2] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37715920

Previous press release

TOPSHOP GMB MEMBERS WALK OUT IN PROTEST AT SIR PHILIP GREEN’S ‘WORKHOUSE’ CONDITIONS

‘We used to be a family here’ says worker ahead of strike over ‘greed’ of billionaire employer.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/topshop/depot/walkout
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