Starbucks give staff revised employment terms following UK tax U-turn
Big cheers for Starbucks for making an effort to sort out their less-than-impressive tax arrangements, eh readers?
But now it’s BIG JEERS TO STARBUCKS for cutting paid lunch breaks, sick leave and maternity benefits for thousands of British workers, possibly in an attempt to claw back some of the losses that will be incurred by the whole tax thing.
As many as 7,000 workers have been told to sign revised employment terms, including the cutting of paid 30-minute lunch breaks and paid sick leave for the first day of illness. Some baristas and other staff will also see pay increases frozen.
One worker told the Guardian that staff felt they were being made to bear the brunt of some of the extra tax that Starbucks will almost certainly be paying in the future.
The anonymous worker said, “It's really convenient for them to say we're going to pay more taxes, when they're going to save money with us, the staff. It's convenient saying we'll pay more because they're going to save more – and the perfect excuse for them is to say to staff 'We're going to pay more taxes, so…'.”
Starbucks have said that the changes follow long-term consultation with staff over the past few months and are not related to the current UK tax situation. We’re sure they can imagine how it all LOOKS though…