Ikea ditching living wage –‘no way to treat loyal workers’

30 Oct 2020
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300 key workers at Fletton Parkway Distribution Centre are set to lose hundreds of pounds a year as Ikea pulls out of Living Wage pledge

GMB, the union for Ikea staff, has hit out after the company’s decision to ditch its commitment to being an accredited Living wage foundation employer.

The move will effect around 300 key workers at Ikeas Distribution Centre in Fletton Parkway, Peterborough, who would have been guaranteed a pay rise in January after working diligently throughout the COVID pandemic.

The union have hit out at the employer’s decision to disaffiliate, citing the company’s eye watering €39 Billion in sales in this financial year

The Swedish design giant committed to paying the Real Living Wage with the GMB union in January 2020 of this year, but their decision nine months on will leave key workers out of pocket.    

GMB is renewed its calls for Ikea to recommit to the Living Wage Foundation accreditation and reward their workers with a Real Living Wage pay increase for all of their hard work throughout the pandemic.

David Shamma, GMB Organiser said:

“Ikea pride Themselves on their values and ethics, but this U Turn shows how shallow the company really is.

“GMB members at Ikea were classed as Key Workers throughout the pandemic, they risked their health for the company to keep running and in return they rightly expected Ikea to honour their commitment to a living wage for staff.

“Instead Ikea has decided to announce plans to drop its accreditation to the Living Wage Foundation and a pay freeze for 2021. That’s no way to treat loyal workers.

The company’s online sales have surged throughout the pandemic. They should do the right thing and reward the staff who to took real risks to their health to keep the supply chain open and kept the customers happy.”



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