Apr 8, 2019

Waterstones staff hand in petition calling for living wage

Staff at Waterstones have delivered a petition to the book chain's managing director calling for higher wages for its lowest paid workers. The petitioners argue that paying staff a starting wage of £9, and more in London, would have "a positive impact" on staff performance. "Working for a rate of pay that is below the Living Wage results in Booksellers who are stressed, preoccupied and who have little spare time and energy to devote to buying books, reading them, and keeping up with news and trends in the industry," the petitioners argue. The book contains the personal stories of 40 Waterstones staff members, all using a favourite author's name as a pseudonym. Shortly after the petition was delivered, Mr Daunt told the BBC he agreed with campaigners that staff should be paid more but said it was important that pay differences were maintained to reward staff who were "Career booksellers".

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