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MP warns she will 'come after' retailers on pay

Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh has warned retailers she is ‘coming after’ those that reduce staff benefits or pay following the introduction of the national living wage, Retail Week reports.

The MP for Mithcham and Morden delivered a 90,000-strong petition to Marks & Spencer’s flagship Oxford Street store yesterday, urging the company not to go ahead with proposals to axe extra pay for Sunday shifts and bank holidays while increasing base pay for qualified customer assistants and introducing pay rises for section co-ordinators and managers.

McDonagh told Retail Week: “A pay rise should be a pay rise. Changing terms and conditions so your pay goes down is against the spirit of the living wage.”

The British Retail Consortium has previously said the retail sector faces the loss of almost 1 million jobs in the next decade due to the combined impact of the national living wage, the apprenticeship levy and business rates.

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