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Tory National Minimum Wage Cheats

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Two Tory Letter Signatories Are Bosses Of Companies Named And Shamed By BIS For Cheating Staff Out Of The National Minimum Wage

Members look forward to the next batch of minimum wage cheats, tax dodgers and party donors who will be rushing forward to support Tory economic strategy says GMB.

GMB has identified at least two bosses of companies that have been named and shamed by BIS for cheating workers out of the national minimum wage.

Nadir Lalani, Founder and CEO of 99p Stores Ltd, signed the letter. BIS named 99p Stores Ltd, Northampton for neglecting to pay £633.39 to 11 workers.

Jonathan Newhouse, Chairman and CEO of Conde Nast International signed the letter. BIS named The Conde Nast Publications, London, for neglecting to pay £745.48 to 1 worker.

Of the 17 who signed today 2nd April there are 2 more Tory donors in Pinewood Studios and Selfridges and one is Lux leaks tax dodger. Citi Private Bank is a subsidiary of Citigroup which had an intended investment of $227.8m disclosed with the Lux leak files.

17 of the signatories also signed the Telegraph letter in January 2014, attacking Labour's plan to reintroduce the 50p tax rate. They are:

John Ayton MBE, Founder, Bremont Watches;

Baroness Brady, Vice chairman, West Ham United;

Neil Clifford, CEO, Kurt Geiger;

Andrew Coppel CBE, CEO, De Vere;

Peter Cullum CBE, Founder and Deputy Chairman, Towergate;

Michael Gutman OBE, President and COO, Westfield;

Brent Hoberman, Founder, mydeco.com, co-founder of lastminute.com;

Anya Hindmarch, Chairman, Anya Hindmarch;

Luke Johnson, Chairman, Risk Capital;

Tim Oliver, Chairman, Hampden Holdings;

Sir Stuart Rose, Chairman, Ocado;

Rob Templeman, Chairman, RAC;

Paul Walsh, Chairman, Compass Group;

Will Wyatt, CEO, Caledonia Investments;

Sir Hossein Yassaie, CEO, Imagination Technologies;

These are among the 120 that have now signed the letter to the Daily Telegraph (1st and 2nd  April 2015) asking voters to support the Tory Party See notes to editors for full list of all 120 signatories including the 17 who signed on 2nd April. See also notes to editors for copy of GMB press release on the 103 who signed on 1st April.

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said “The Tory list of shame has dramatically grown by the exposure that at least two of the signatories - Nadir Lalani and Jonathan Newhouse-  are bosses of companies named and shamed by Cameron’s and Osborne’s own government for cheating workers out of the national minimum wage.

Two of the latest bosses to sign are linked to Tory donors Pinewood Studios and Selfridges. Another boss is linked to a second Lux leaks tax dodger. Citi Private Bank is a subsidiary of Citigroup which features in Lux leak files.

As for Osborne suggestion that this list is “unprecedented” there are 17 people who are serial signers of Tory round robin letters to the Telegraph.

GMB members look forward to the next batch of minimum wage cheats, tax dodgers and Tory donors who will be rushing forward to support Tory economic strategy.”

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Contact: Kamaljeet Jandu, GMB National Equality and Diversity Officer on 07956 237178 or Lisa Johnson 07900392 228 or Martin Smith, GMB National Organiser on 07974 251722 or GMB Press Office 07921 28988.

Notes to Editors

1 GMB press release 1st April 2015

BOSSES LINKED TO TAX DODGING, BLACKLISTING, ZERO HOURS CONTRACTS, JOB LOSSES, PUBCOS AND TORY DONORS ARE SIGNATORIES TO TELEGRAPH LETTER

List of shame shows that voters have a stark choice - a party governing in the interest of corporate bosses and tax breaks for the wealthy or a party seeking to provide rights and protection for working people says GMB

GMB has identified bosses, among the 103 that signed the letter to the Daily Telegraph today (1st April 2015) asking voters to support the Tory Party, from companies with links to tax dodging, blacklisting, zero hours contracts, pubcos, potential job losses and collapse of Southern Cross care homes and well as known Tory donors. The details are set out below. See notes to editors for full list of all 103 signatories.

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said “The 103 company bosses talking about what is good for them include:

·    The boss of one company named in the Lux leaks tax dodging scandal;

·    The bosses of two blacklisting companies;

·    The bosses of at least two companies linked to workers on zero hours;

·    The bosses of five pubco companies accused of ripping off pub customers;

·    The boss of one company where there are potential redundancies;

·    a landlord of care homes run by Southern Cross which collapsed in 2011;

·    30 known Tory donors giving the impression they are not partisans.

This list of shame shows that voters are faced with a stark choice - a party governing in the interest of corporate bosses with zero hours contracts and for tax breaks for the wealthy elite or a party seeking to provide rights and protection for working people."

The list of shame is as follows:

Boss of one Lux leaks tax dodging company:

Tidjane Thiam

CEO, Prudential Plc

 Prudential Plc

 

Prudential had files released in December 2009, advised by PwC on project ‘Lindsell Malta Investments’.

Hyde Dollco, S.a.r.l. currently owned by Hyde Holdco 3 Ltd, a company that is part of the Prudential PLC Group. It holds Class B1 shares for approximately USD 1,065m and Class B2 shares for USD 15,000 in Lindsell Malta Investment Ltd, a company resident in Malta. The shares held in the Maltese company have been financed by a loan granted by Prudential (Gibralter two) S.a.r.l for approximately USD 1,167m. Hyde Dollco is part of two Forward Sale Agreements concluded with Deutsche Bank Group under which it agreed to sell to Deutsche Bank its Class B1 and B2 shares in the Maltese company for USD 1,106m.

Hyde Dollco will use the proceeds, together with other funds, to grant loans for USD 2,3m and USD 1,162m to Prudential (Gibralter two) S.a.r.l and Prudential Capital Holding Company Ltd for 6 months.

In July 2009 Prudential were involved with Project Phoebus Malaysian restructuring, and investment involving £130m of investment.

Two blacklisting company bosses:

Philip Green CBE

Chairman, Carillion

 Carillion

John Morgan

CEO, Morgan Sindall

 Morgan Sindall

 

Blacklisting in the construction industry came to light when in 2009 the ICO seized The Consulting Association (TCA) database of 3,213 construction workers and environmental activists used by 44 companies to vet new recruits and keep out of employment trade union and health and safety activists. TCA was run by Ian Kerr based in Worcestershire.

Carillion, and associated companies, have been described by Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd as ‘heavy users of the Consulting Association in terms of the amount of information provided by the Carillion Third Parties on workers. Further, the number of occasions on which the Carillion Third Parties are recorded as refusing employment to workers is particularly high compared to other members of the Consulting Association.’

In new evidence to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee Inquiry on blacklisting Liz Keats from Carillion received a private and confidential letter on TCA headed paper from Ian Kerr dated 22nd February 2005 on plans to extend blacklisting into the NHS.

Morgan Est and Morgan Ashurst who merged in 2010 to form Morgan Sindall are companies known to have used The Consulting Association blacklist.

There will be a hearing in the High Court in London on 14th May seeking compensation for 122 GMB members blacklisted by Carillion and other construction employers. The claims were served on 27th November 2013. GMB’s claims were joined with a further 449 claims by other unions and parties at a High Court Hearing in July 2014.

At least two zero hours bosses:

Andrew Coppel CBE

CEO, De Vere

 De Vere

Nick Robertson OBE

Founder and CEO, Asos

 Asos

 

GMB has members who work in the kitchens at Staverton Park Hotel near Daventry, that is owned by the De Vere Group, GMB had to fight for permanent hours contracts for some of them who were on zero hour contracts for nearly four years. There are always issues with bullying and harassment. There are two grievances at present..That's why Andrew Coppel wants to keep a Tory government in power, to keep workers down!

ASOS the online clothing and logistics company is based in Barnsley. GMB has had constant issues with health and safety eg hot working conditions, access to water etc. There is a huge turnover of agency staff, zero hours contracts where workers can be sent home or called in when not on shift. They are against workers having rights and are just a really bad employer.

Five Pubco bosses:

Rooney Anande

CEO, Greene King

 Greene King

Ralph Findlay

CEO, Marstons

 Marstons

Jonathan Neame

CEO, Shepherd Neame

 Shepherd Neame

Simon Townsend

CEO, Enterprise Inns

 Enterprise Inns

Michael Turner

Non-Executive Chairman, Fuller,

Smith & Turner

 Fuller

 

GMB and others campaigned for many years for Parliament to legislate to free tied pubs tenants from the grip of these pubcos bosses. The new law introducing a free market for drinks finally received Royal Assent last month after a backbench Tory revolt.

The property companies own over half of Britain’s pubs. They charge sky high rents to tied tenants of these pubs to pay interest on massive financially engineered debts. These debts are held mainly by bondholders in offshore tax havens.

Interest payments on these huge debts have to be paid each week before the tenant pours a pint and regardless of whether s/he can make ends meet or not.

To pay these sky high rents a pint of lager is on average 80p per pint higher and ale is 65p per pint higher than justified by inflation and like for like changes in taxes since 1987. This is pricing pubs out of the market and they have closed in droves.

In 2009 an Office for Fair Trade report concluded that the average tied lessee is being overcharged by pubcos by around £12,000 per annum or £230 per pub per week, after higher “wet rents” and lower “dry rents” are factored into the equation.

Potential job losses boss:

Sir Charles Dunstone

Chairman, Dixons Carphone and

Talk Talk plc

 Dixons Carphone and Talk Talk plc

 

GMB is dealing with members at Carphone Warehouse in Wednesbury in West Midlands. There is a potential closure of the whole repair centre site with some staff being relocated to a Dixons site in Nottingham, others will face redundancy.

Landlord of former Southern Cross care homes:

Nick Leslau

Chairman, Prestbury Investments

 Prestbury Investments

 

One of the landlords of the care homes run by Southern Cross which collapsed in 2011 putting 30,000 elderly and vulnerable residents at risk of being put out of their homes.

30 known Tory donors:

DFS

Alex Baldock Shop Direct

Lord Bamford JCB

Cobra Beer

Zameer Choudrey Bestway

Neil Clifford

Ron Denis

Towergate

Sir Charles Dunstone

John Elliot

Julian Granville

Bloomberg

Westfield

Aidan Heavey

Oliver Hemsley

GCH Capital

Sir George Iacobescu Canary Wharf

Travelex

Nick Jenkins

Nick Leslau

Sir Cameron Mackintosh

Tony Pidgley CBE

Sir Nigel Rudd

Fuller, Smith & Turner

Ernst and Young

Veetee Rice

Paul Walsh

Wates

The Hon. Charles Wigoder

Caledonia Investments

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2 Full list of 120 signatories to Telegraph – Tory donor in Blue

 

Anand

Rooney Anand

CEO, Greene King

Greene King

Arora

Surinder Arora

MD, Arora International

Arora International

Ayton

John Ayton MBE

Founder, Bremont Watches

Bremont Watches

Baker

Richard Baker

Chairman, DFS

DFS

Baldock

Alex Baldock

CEO, Shop Direct

Shop Direct

Bamford

Lord Bamford

Chairman, JCB

JCB

Bannatyne

Duncan Bannatyne

Founder, Bannatyne Group

Bannatyne Group

Bensoussan

Robert Bensoussan

CEO, LK Bennett

LK Bennett

Bilimoria

Lord Bilimoria CBE

Chairman and Founder, Cobra Beer

Cobra Beer

Bradshaw

Charlie Bradshaw

MD, Matrix APA

Matrix APA

Brady

Baroness Brady

Vice chairman, West Ham United

West Ham United

Chipchase

Graham Chipchase

CEO, Rexam

Rexam

Choudrey

Zameer Choudrey

CEO, Bestway

Bestway

Clifford

Neil Clifford

CEO, Kurt Geiger

Kurt Geiger

Cohen

Steven Cohen

CEO, Blue Inc

Blue Inc

Cooper

Glenn Cooper

MD, ATG Access

ATG Access

Coppel

Andrew Coppel CBE

CEO, De Vere

De Vere

Corbett

Gerald Corbett

Chairman, Britvic

Britvic

Cullum

Peter Cullum CBE

Founder and Deputy Chairman, Towergate

Towergate

Dennis

Ron Dennis CBE

Chairman, McLaren Technology Group

McLaren Technology Group

Dexter

Julietta Dexter

Owner, Communications Store

Communications Store

Ducas

Annoushka Ducas MBE

Founder, Annoushka Jewellery

Annoushka Jewellery

Dudley

Bob Dudley

CEO, BP Plc

BP Plc

Dunstone

Sir Charles Dunstone

Chairman, Dixons Carphone and Talk Talk plc

Dixons Carphone and Talk Talk plc

Elliot

John Elliot

Chairman, Ebac

Ebac

Esiri

Mark Esiri

Director, notinthehighstreet.com

notinthehighstreet.com

Findlay

Ralph Findlay

CEO, Marstons

Marstons

Glenn

Richard Glenn

CEO, Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes

Gordon

Ben Gordon

Chairman, Powerleague

Powerleague

Granville

Julian Granville

MD, Boden

Boden

Grauer

Peter Grauer

Chairman, Bloomberg

Bloomberg

Green

Philip Green CBE

Chairman, Carillion

Carillion

Gutman

Michael Gutman OBE

President and COO, Westfield

Westfield

Hallet

Wendy Hallet MBE

MD and Founder, Hallet Retail

Hallet Retail

Halpern

Jenny Halpern Prince

Founder, Halpern

Halpern

Harrison

Andy Harrison

CEO, Whitbread

Whitbread

Heavey

Aidan Heavey

CEO, Tullow Oil

Tullow Oil

Hemsley

Oliver Hemsley

Founder and CEO, Numis

Numis

Henderson

Joe Henderson

Founder and CEO, Henderson

Henderson

Hill

Vernon Hill

Founder and Chairman, Metro Bank

Metro Bank

Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch

Chairman, Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch

Hoberman

Brent Hoberman

Founder, mydeco.com, co-founder of lastminute.com

mydeco.com

Hutchings

Cassie Hutchings

CEO, GCH Capital

GCH Capital

Iacobescu

Sir George Iacobescu

Chairman and CEO, Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf

Jackson

Alan Jackson

Chairman, The Restaurant Group

The Restaurant Group

Jackson

Peter Jackson

Former CEO, Travelex

Travelex

Jenkins

Nick Jenkins

Founder, Moonpig.com

Moonpig.com

Johnson

Luke Johnson

Chairman, Risk Capital

Risk Capital

Johnson

Neil Johnson OBE

Chairman, E2V

E2V

Jones

Ben Latham Jones

Head of Ealing Studios

Ealing Studios

Joseph

Richard Joseph

Co-founder, Joseph Joseph

Joseph Joseph

Kelvin

Ray Kelvin

Founder and CEO, Ted Baker

Ted Baker

Lalani

Nadir Lalani

Founder and CEO, 99p Stores

99p Stores

Leslau

Nick Leslau

Chairman, Prestbury Investments

Prestbury Investments

Lewis

Rhydian Lewis

CEO, Ratesetter

Ratesetter

Lipscombe

James Lipscombe

MD and Owner, The Chesterford

The Chesterford

Lovelock

Derek Lovelock

Chairman, Mamas and Papas

Mamas and Papas

Mackintosh

Sir Cameron Mackintosh

Founder, Cameron Mackintosh

Cameron Mackintosh

Mackintosh

Ron Mackintosh

Chairman, CSR

CSR

Mellors

Edward Mellors

Director, Mellors

Mellors

Molnar

Tom Molnar

CEO, Bread

Bread

Morgan

John Morgan

CEO, Morgan Sindall

Morgan Sindall

Moulding

Matt Moulding

CEO, The Hut Group

The Hut Group

Murphy

Stephen Murphy

Chairman, Wyevale Garden Centres

Wyevale Garden Centres

Neame

Jonathan Neame

CEO, Shepherd Neame

Shepherd Neame

Neil

John Neil

Chairman and CEO, Unipart

Unipart

Newbury

Nick Newbury

CEO, Original Travel

Original Travel

Newhouse

Jonathan Newhouse

Chairman and CEO, Conde Nast International

Conde Nast International

Nichols

Richard Nichols

CEO, Instinctif Partners

Instinctif Partners

Norris

Mike Norris

CEO, Computacenter

Computacenter

Oliver

Tim Oliver

Chairman, Hampden Holdings

Hampden Holdings

Oliver

Sir Dick Oliver

Former Chairman, BAE Systems

BAE Systems

Parker

Alan Parker

Chairman, Mothercare

Mothercare

Pidgley

Tony Pidgley CBE

Chairman, Berkeley Group

Berkeley Group

Ramachandran

Thembalath Ramachandran

CEO and MD, Bristol Laboratories

Bristol Laboratories

Robertson

Nick Robertson OBE

Founder and CEO, Asos

Asos

Rose

Sir Stuart Rose

Chairman, Ocado

Ocado

Rose

Richard Rose

Executive Chairman, Crawshaws

Crawshaws

Rucker

Chrissie Rucker

Founder, The White Company

The White Company

Rudd

Sir Nigel Rudd

Chairman designate, Meggitt

Meggitt

Sharma

Rakesh Sharma

CEO, Ultra Electronics

Ultra Electronics

Shields

Baroness Joanna Shields

Chairman, Tech City

Tech City

Singh

Jasminder Singh OBE

Chairman and CEO, Edwardian Group

Edwardian Group

Templeman

Rob Templeman

Chairman, RAC

RAC

Thiam

Tidjane Thiam

CEO, Prudential Plc

Prudential Plc

Thomson

Sarah Thomson

Founder and CEO, Addictive Points

Addictive Points

Townsend

Simon Townsend

CEO, Enterprise Inns

Enterprise Inns

Turner

Michael Turner

Non-Executive Chairman, Fuller, Smith & Turner

Fuller, Smith & Turner

Varley

Steve Varley

Chairman, Ernst and Young

Ernst and Young

Varma

Moni Varma

MD and Chairman, Veetee Rice

Veetee Rice

Vaughn

Matthew Vaughn

Owner, Marv Films

Marv Films

Vigors

Ollie Vigors

MD, Longshot Kids

Longshot Kids

Walker

Robert Walker

Chairman, Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins

Walker

Malcolm Walker

Founder, Iceland

Iceland

Walsh

Paul Walsh

Chairman, Compass Group

Compass Group

Wates

James Wates

Chairman, Wates

Wates

Weston

George Weston

CEO, Associated British Foods

Associated British Foods

Wheeler

Mike Wheeler

MD, Auto Styling

Auto Styling

Wheeler

Nick Wheeler

Founder, Charles Tyrwhitt

Charles Tyrwhitt

Wigoder

The Hon. Charles Wigoder

Executive Chairman, Telecom Plus

Telecom Plus

Wilkinson

Paul Wilkinson

Chairman, Thorntons

Thorntons

Wyatt

Will Wyatt

CEO, Caledonia Investments

Caledonia Investments

Yassaie

Sir Hossein Yassaie

CEO, Imagination Technologies

Imagination Technologies

 

 

 

 

Cheatle

Duncan Cheatle

 

Prelude Group

Cotton

Rob Cotton

 

NCC Group

Carvalho

Michel de Carvalho

 

Citi Private Bank

Gildersleeve

John Gildersleeve

 

British Land

Grade

Michael Grade CBE

 

Pinewood Studios

Hall

Olivia Hall

 

BPVA

Harvey

Ken Harvey CBE

 

Pennon Group

Kelly

Paul Kelly

 

Selfridges

Meyer

Julie Meyer

 

Ariadne Capital

Oliver

Simon Oliver

 

Pi Capital

Pryce

Simon Pryce

 

BBA Aviation

Sandivasci

Dominic Sandivasci

 

Pirelli UK

Schwinge

Guy Schwinge

 

Dukes Auctions

Soriot

Pascal Soriot

 

AstraZeneca

Suddens

David Suddens

 

Dr Martens

Tucker

Holly Tucker

 

notonthehighstreet.com

Weller

Tim Weller

 

Incisive Media

 

 

 

 

 

 

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