Morrisons faces backlash after it is revealed workers at convenience stores earn minimum wage despite supermarket staff being paid at least £10 an hour
Morrisons faced a backlash today after it emerged a partner using its brand is paying staff the minimum wage despite the supermarket’s much publicised guarantee that all employees will earn at least £10 an hour.
The Bradford-based chain won widespread praise after becoming the first UK supermarket to vow that no staff would be paid under the threshold at the start of the year.
But employees at Morrisons Daily convenience stores were left furious after learning they would not be covered by the guarantee, with some still on the minimum wage of £8.21.
One told MailOnline: ‘Morrisons Daily is above the door! We wear Morrisons uniform! Sell Morrisons products! Work to Morrisons Rules. Yet I can confirm for a fact I’m on the minimum wage.
‘All this after we’ve worked extremely hard throughout the pandemic with minimal staff, and extra jobs constantly piled onto us.’
Employees at Morrisons Daily convenience stores are on the minimum wage despite Morrisons supermarket staff being guaranteed at least £10 an hour
Morrisons Daily is run by convenience store chain McColl’s, which plans to open 350 branches under the format by November 2022.
Morrisons chief executive David Potts has boasted how the partnership will ‘extend the reach of our popular brand’ and ‘build a broader, stronger Morrisons for customers’ to ‘achieve capital-light, profitable growth’.
Ian Lavery is Labour MP for Wansbeck in the north east of England, where dozens of new branches are planned.
He urged Morrisons to ensure McColl’s met its £10 per hour minimum, MailOnlineに伝える: ‘Responsible and caring employers should always seek to reward their staff with the best wages terms and conditions.
‘Morrisons main store employees receive in excess of the National Minimum wage, therefore any form of franchised or subsidiary company using its branding should be compelled to pay the same.
‘Unfortunately many poor employers look to scam the workforce into worse wages and working practices – let’s hope that this isn’t an example of this.’
The Morrisons Daily employee asked to remain anonymous because staff had been told not to speak to the media or post anything on online about the company.
Morrisons was brought out by a US private equity firm last month – putting it in foreign ownership for the first time in its 122-year history.
Morrisons chief executive David Potts has boasted how the partnership with McColl’s will ‘extend the reach of our popular brand’
Its 497 UK stores will now be sold to New York-based Clayton, Dubilier & Rice following a four-month bidding war.
The deal – passed by a majority of 99.2 per cent – prompted outrage from MPs and senior City figures, who warned the brand could be ‘scrapped for parts’, hurting suppliers, customers and its 111,000-strong UK workforce.
But the new owners insisted they would be ‘mindful of the heritage, culture and operating model’ of the supermarket chain.
The deal allowed Mr Potts to cash-in £8.7million of shares, rising to £22million if the board honours long-term bonuses.
The debt-fuelled sale will raise the company’s costs, making it more vulnerable if performance dips or interest rates rise.
Neither Morrisons nor McColl’s responded to MailOnline’s requests for comment.