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MP blasts M&S for ‘not just any pay cut’

Marks & Spencer has come under fire for changes to its pay premiums for Sundays and antisocial hours from next April during prime minister’s question time yesterday.

The retailer announced plans to increase basic pay for its 69,000 shop floor workers by 15% from next April to £8.50 per hour but has offset the cost by cutting special rates.

Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh said some workers will receive up to £2,000 per year as a result, the Guardian has reported.

““This is not just any pay cut. This is a big fat M&S pay cut.

“11,000 of M&S’s most loyal employees, many with over 14 years service, are about to get a serious pay cut – cuts to Sunday, bank holiday and antisocial hours pay, all made on the back of the national living wage, which means they’ll take home less next year than they do this year.”

McDonagh called on the prime minister to close loopholes which made these kinds of changes possible, the newspaper said.

An M&S spokeswoman said: “The proposals include one of the highest pay rates and one of the best benefit packages in UK retail. We will now consult with our colleagues and listen carefully to their feedback.”


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