Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin slams M&S staff cuts to pay for living wage

Dudley MP Ian Austin has backed a campaign to support staff at Marks & Spencer and other companies facing pay cuts to fund the ‘national living wage’.

In February the Government announced that the minimum wage would be increased to £8.50 an hour and renamed the 'national living wage'.

In order to meet this new minimum wage Marks and Spencer are attempting to make cuts to employees' income in other areas, including cuts to pay on Sundays, Bank Holidays and nights as well as cuts to pensions. The changes mean that staff will lose out by up to £6,000 per year.

Austin has joined a campaign backed by nearly 100,000 people calling for M&S to consult with the 11,000 staff affected by its decision and find a way of making sure that they are not made worse off by the changes.

He has written to M&S Chief Executive Steve Rowe asking him to guarantee that staff will not lose out.

Ian Austin said:

“The Conservatives promised that no one would be left worse off as a result of their changes to the minimum wage and tax credits, but people working hard for major companies like Marks and Sparks and B&Q are losing out.

“M&S is cutting pay to offset the cost of the ‘national living wage’, and the Government has done nothing to help protect staff who will be up to £6,000 a year worse off.

“I’m backing this campaign because I want a real living wage that makes working people better off.”

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