Samworth Brothers' 'Living Wage' Shame Laid Bare In House Of Commons

Following on from BFAWU concerns prior to the introduction of the 'living wage', and how certain employers would seek to dodge their moral responsibilities, Channel 4 News recently broadcast an expose of companies who were exploiting the pay 'rise' by reducing the terms and conditions of their employees. For many, this has involved attempts at introducing consolidated rates of pay and removing both shift premium and overtime bonuses.

In the broadcast item, Channel 4 named Samworth Brothers (who own the likes of Soreen malt loaf among other well known food brands) as a particular offender. Since then, the issue of how companies are implementing the living wage has been debated in Parliament with Samworth Brothers once again being named and shamed.

A clip of the debate can be found here