The other day I made email address firstname.lastname@example.org available to people who wish to contact me regarding guest posts on the blog rather than commenting. Today I received my first email. I’m quoting it verbatim, other than removing one name.
Hello,I am an employee of Lush who wants to anonymously speak out on behalf of employees who are having a battle on Lush’s staff facebook page about being paid a living wage. Lush currently pay the London Living Wage but don’t pay a living wage anywhere else in the country (although they say they do), where by all accounts a lot of staff are living below the poverty line and putting up with it because they ‘love their job and the company and the ethics and the 50% discount’. Blind fools!All this is going on while Mark Constantine has just had a new swimming pool installed at his home. Double standards or what.I really don’t want to be named as the information I have could lead back to other staff and – knowing Lush’s ability to ‘get rid of people that don’t please’ – there could be repercussions for them and for me. However badly paid I am I need my job.Mark Constantine has responded to the post – after we had mentioned that a lot of the pay was profit related and that most shops don’t make a profit – by saying and I quote: ” Just thought I would say a couple of things. In my opinion there is a lot of scope for increasing salaries at the sharp end and [name redacted] is leaving at the end of the month after ten years working for Lush.”That’s not a lot to respond to 123 comments about lack of wages. It’s not just the forum he mistreats.Please don’t say who I am.Thank you.
I’ve said it before and I will almost certainly say it again – Lush staff need to join a union.