Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Marks & Spencer’s staff fight proposed pay changes

Following proposals to change pay rates, M&S staff and their representatives have presented alternative solutions to their seniors.

M&S has proposed scrapping paying its staff double the hourly rate on Sundays and introducing a flat rate for bank holidays. 

This comes alongside plans to raise the standard rate of pay for qualified customer assistants, as well as pay rises for section managers and coordinators.

The staff proposal includes 10 alternatives to the pay cuts such as reducing it to time and a half on Sundays instead of a standard rate, according to City AM.

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“We believe our proposed new approach to pay and pensions would reward our people in a fair and consistent way, simplify and modernise our business and help us attract and retain the best talent so we can continue to provide great service for our customers,” an M&S spokesperson told Drapers.

“The proposals include one of highest pay rates and one of the best benefits packages in UK retail.

“The consultation is ongoing and we are listening carefully to our colleagues and their representatives.”

This announcement comes amid widespread concerns around the national living wage in the retail industry. 

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