Nestle to give all workers a living wage... ignore all that other stuff

30 June 2014

nestle Nestle is the largest food company in the world... and they've had their fair share of controversies. They've been accused of (or been involved in) price-fixing chocolate, the horsemeat scandal, demanding money from famine-stricken Ethiopia, putting Melamine in their milk products, being mates with Mugabe, deforestation, giving Americans E.coli, contributing to child labour, saying water isn't a basic human right and of course, the whole powdered milk scandal.

A cuddly company they ain't.

However, they're trying to improve their image by at least showing some love to their own staff (even if they're thinking 'sod the rest of you') by becoming the first major manufacturer to say they'll pay the living wage to ALL its staff.

"We know that this is the right thing to do," the firm said in a statement.

In fact you don't know the difference between the minimum wage and a living wage, the latter is based on the amount an individual needs to earn to cover the basic costs of living, which varies from country to country. That means you get paid more in London than in Doncaster, because it costs more to live in the capital.

Either way, the national minimum wage is significantly lower.

Nestle UK & Ireland chief executive Fiona Kendrick said: "As a major UK employer, we know that this is the right thing to do. Not only does it benefit our employees but also the communities they live and work in."

Of course, this means other big companies might get competitive and start ushering in the living wage themselves, which means everyone wins.

Most importantly for Nestle, it now means that when campaigners slag them off, everyone might start defending them because they pay their staff a decent wage and, far more pertinently, they still make lovely Kit Kats and Smarties.

TOPICS:   Economy

1 comment

  • A. T.
    Well said Mof - I'm going to print out your first paragraph and stick it up on my bedroom wall. We'll all feel better about Nestle killing babies for decades because they pay Londoners slightly more than minimum wage.

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