‘Kevin Smith’, a manager at B&Q, has set up a petition on the internet petitioning site, Change.Org, against the company’s scheme to cut wages and hours in order to get around the cost of paying its workers the new minimum wage. He writes
Don’t use living wage as excuse to cut pay & benefits
I have worked for B&Q for over 5 years, I started in the business working as a part time customer advisor and have worked my way up to a management position. I live and work in a high cost living area of London. The past month has been one of the most difficult for me personally and as a manager.
In early February 2016, after the Government announced that the minimum wage would be increased to a new ‘national living wage’, B&Q ran a consultation of its pay and rewards framework. They proposed the following changes:
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