House of Commons
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EDM #1427
Tabled 27 April 2016
2015-16 Session
That this House notes with concern that contract cleaners employed at Topshop stores by the contractor Britannia Services Group are paid below the living wage, forcing hard-working staff into debt and poverty; believes that there is no excuse for profitable multi-national companies which provide huge payouts to shareholders refusing to pay decent wages; fully supports cleaners contracted to work at Topshop stores who are unionising, protesting and campaigning for the living wage; is extremely concerned by reports that these staff are being victimised and bullied for asking for a decent wage; further believes that it is utterly disgraceful for the Arcadia Group, which owns Topshop, or its contractors to punish staff for asking for decent wages; further notes that Philip Green, who runs Arcadia, is avoiding tax by registering the company in his wife's name in Monaco; calls for the Government urgently to close tax loopholes and reclaim the approximately £285 million of tax which Arcadia has avoided; condemns Philip Green's decision to hoard wealth overseas rather than pay his employees and pay his taxes; further calls on the Government to recognise that the new minimum wage of £7.20 is not a living wage, and to survive without being in poverty workers need £8.25 an hour or £9.40 in London; believes all work should pay enough to live on; and calls for a boycott of Topshop and any other companies which refuse to pay their workers a living wage and pay their fair share of tax.