Confectionery giant Nestlé signs up to Living Wage

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YORK confectionery giant Nestlé has become one of the first major manufacturers in the UK to be a Living Wage employer.

The formal Living Wage accreditation, which has been awarded to Nestlé today, covers the company's 1,750 staff in York as well as its 8,000 employees across the UK.

News of the announcement has also been welcomed by the Archbishop of York who last week revealed the findings from the Living Wage Commission report urging more big employers to sign up to the Living Wage.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said: “I’d like to commend Nestlé for its voluntary commitment to take up the living wage. This is a very encouraging step and it is my hope that other organisations will follow their lead.

“The emerging recovery means that thousands more businesses are now able to pay a Living Wage to all of their staff – those that can afford to do this should be encouraged to do it without delay."

In addition to staff employed directly by Nestlé York, the company will work closely with contractors and agencies to ensure all workers will be paid the UK Living Wage by December 2017.

Hugh Bayley, MP for York Central said: "Nestlé is one of the UK's biggest employers and it plays a pivotal part in York's economy.

"I congratulate them on implementing the living wage. It is a very significant step."

Nestlé UK & Ireland Chairman and CEO, Fiona Kendrick said: “We are proud to be the first mainstream manufacturer in the UK to become a Living Wage employer and see this as an opportunity to be a positive influence in our sector."

As part of the Nestlé Youth Employment Initiative, which provides employment opportunities to young people under 30, the Living Wage will also apply to the company’s graduate, internship and Fast Start school leaver programmes.

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10:58am Mon 30 Jun 14

eborman says...

Nice,but what is 'The living wage?' No explanation in the article.
Nice,but what is 'The living wage?' No explanation in the article. eborman
  • Score: 6

12:12pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Oaklands Resident says...

The article fails to mention how many employees will benefit and by how much?
The article fails to mention how many employees will benefit and by how much? Oaklands Resident
  • Score: 3

12:44pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Stafford_Staff says...

http://www.livingwag
e.org.uk/

£8.80 in London, £7.65 Elsewhere

It is a wage level that supports worker to meet their basic needs. It's beneficial to all parties. Government: Pay less in work benefits. Employer: Better retention of staff, more motivated, might be able to afford their products. Employee: Not living on poverty wages, can afford basic needs.
http://www.livingwag e.org.uk/ £8.80 in London, £7.65 Elsewhere It is a wage level that supports worker to meet their basic needs. It's beneficial to all parties. Government: Pay less in work benefits. Employer: Better retention of staff, more motivated, might be able to afford their products. Employee: Not living on poverty wages, can afford basic needs. Stafford_Staff
  • Score: 5

1:36pm Mon 30 Jun 14

TheTruthHurts says...

Thats all very well but how many staff will actually benefit?

A lot of staff at Nestle are on Zero Hour contracts

And lets be honest Nestle are hardly considered 'an ethical company' they are only interested in Maximising profits more often than not at the expense of someone else.
Thats all very well but how many staff will actually benefit? A lot of staff at Nestle are on Zero Hour contracts And lets be honest Nestle are hardly considered 'an ethical company' they are only interested in Maximising profits more often than not at the expense of someone else. TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 9

5:23pm Mon 30 Jun 14

jimmym73 says...

James from Nestle here.

TheTruthhurts - in answer to your question, the 1,750 York employees don't benefit from this announcement as they were all above the Living wage level already. We sought to be the first manufacturer to get the accreditation as it shows our commitment in this area and hope it will encourage other companies to follow suit.

No Nestle employees permanent or temporary are on zero hours contracts. There are also no zero hour contracts for the non-Nestle temporary labour used on site.

Hope this answers your questions.
James from Nestle here. TheTruthhurts - in answer to your question, the 1,750 York employees don't benefit from this announcement as they were all above the Living wage level already. We sought to be the first manufacturer to get the accreditation as it shows our commitment in this area and hope it will encourage other companies to follow suit. No Nestle employees permanent or temporary are on zero hours contracts. There are also no zero hour contracts for the non-Nestle temporary labour used on site. Hope this answers your questions. jimmym73
  • Score: 0

6:47pm Mon 30 Jun 14

malonemalone says...

jimmym73 wrote:
James from Nestle here.

TheTruthhurts - in answer to your question, the 1,750 York employees don't benefit from this announcement as they were all above the Living wage level already. We sought to be the first manufacturer to get the accreditation as it shows our commitment in this area and hope it will encourage other companies to follow suit.

No Nestle employees permanent or temporary are on zero hours contracts. There are also no zero hour contracts for the non-Nestle temporary labour used on site.

Hope this answers your questions.
James , So you are saying that every single 1,750 employess of Nestle in York are paid more than £7.65 per hour? if you are saying this are you absolutely sure of what you are saying?
[quote][p][bold]jimmym73[/bold] wrote: James from Nestle here. TheTruthhurts - in answer to your question, the 1,750 York employees don't benefit from this announcement as they were all above the Living wage level already. We sought to be the first manufacturer to get the accreditation as it shows our commitment in this area and hope it will encourage other companies to follow suit. No Nestle employees permanent or temporary are on zero hours contracts. There are also no zero hour contracts for the non-Nestle temporary labour used on site. Hope this answers your questions.[/p][/quote]James , So you are saying that every single 1,750 employess of Nestle in York are paid more than £7.65 per hour? if you are saying this are you absolutely sure of what you are saying? malonemalone
  • Score: 4

7:46pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Well Nestle are obviously missing a trick here.
No doubt they "mean well, but in the real commercial world things are not nearly as easy as they seem to think."
They should have heard that any increase of "a fifth or more will not lift those employees out of poverty. It will send their firms into oblivion and put them in the dole queue."

They've obviously failed to do their research.

What any self-respecting steamrollering multinational should be doing before embarking on any business decision is consulting the Word of Architect.

For reference, in case anyone from confectionery giant Nestle is reading, here it is in full:
http://www.yorkpress
.co.uk/features/read
ersletters/11299536.
Higher_wage_could_hu
rt_employers/
(And if you are reading, Nestle bods - don't argue, ok? You'll always be wrong. Stop attacking Him!)


It'll be a shame when we can't buy Polo mints anymore cos of this.
Well Nestle are obviously missing a trick here. No doubt they "mean well, but in the real commercial world things are not nearly as easy as they seem to think." They should have heard that any increase of "a fifth or more will not lift those employees out of poverty. It will send their firms into oblivion and put them in the dole queue." They've obviously failed to do their research. What any self-respecting steamrollering multinational should be doing before embarking on any business decision is consulting the Word of Architect. For reference, in case anyone from confectionery giant Nestle is reading, here it is in full: http://www.yorkpress .co.uk/features/read ersletters/11299536. Higher_wage_could_hu rt_employers/ (And if you are reading, Nestle bods - don't argue, ok? You'll always be wrong. Stop attacking Him!) It'll be a shame when we can't buy Polo mints anymore cos of this. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: -2

1:08am Tue 1 Jul 14

Yorkshire Soph says...

jimmym73 wrote:
James from Nestle here.

TheTruthhurts - in answer to your question, the 1,750 York employees don't benefit from this announcement as they were all above the Living wage level already. We sought to be the first manufacturer to get the accreditation as it shows our commitment in this area and hope it will encourage other companies to follow suit.

No Nestle employees permanent or temporary are on zero hours contracts. There are also no zero hour contracts for the non-Nestle temporary labour used on site.

Hope this answers your questions.
Answer me this question James from Nestlé. Why have pmp recruitment and nestle had my partner on a zero hour contract in kk4 for a decade? Outrageous you lie and say this doesn't exist in nestle. They have hundreds on zero hour contracts and in January my partner was told he had no work for a month, they laid staff off for a month each to "break" the contract then start a new zero hour one, it's disgusting. Joseph Rowntree would be turning in his grave!!
[quote][p][bold]jimmym73[/bold] wrote: James from Nestle here. TheTruthhurts - in answer to your question, the 1,750 York employees don't benefit from this announcement as they were all above the Living wage level already. We sought to be the first manufacturer to get the accreditation as it shows our commitment in this area and hope it will encourage other companies to follow suit. No Nestle employees permanent or temporary are on zero hours contracts. There are also no zero hour contracts for the non-Nestle temporary labour used on site. Hope this answers your questions.[/p][/quote]Answer me this question James from Nestlé. Why have pmp recruitment and nestle had my partner on a zero hour contract in kk4 for a decade? Outrageous you lie and say this doesn't exist in nestle. They have hundreds on zero hour contracts and in January my partner was told he had no work for a month, they laid staff off for a month each to "break" the contract then start a new zero hour one, it's disgusting. Joseph Rowntree would be turning in his grave!! Yorkshire Soph
  • Score: 3

7:10am Tue 1 Jul 14

rat scabies says...

I wouldn't have thought anybody at Nestle York was on less than the so called living wage anyhow!? I think the lowest wage there 10 years ago was about £7.50, sounds like a crock of ****!
I wouldn't have thought anybody at Nestle York was on less than the so called living wage anyhow!? I think the lowest wage there 10 years ago was about £7.50, sounds like a crock of ****! rat scabies
  • Score: 2

10:35am Tue 1 Jul 14

h boparai says...

so it seems to transpire that if they want to pay anyone lower than the living wage, they'll just get them in through a recruitment agency.

this is just a publicity stunt, right?
so it seems to transpire that if they want to pay anyone lower than the living wage, they'll just get them in through a recruitment agency. this is just a publicity stunt, right? h boparai
  • Score: 4

10:34am Wed 2 Jul 14

TheTruthHurts says...

h boparai wrote:
so it seems to transpire that if they want to pay anyone lower than the living wage, they'll just get them in through a recruitment agency.

this is just a publicity stunt, right?
That must be the case. As i know someone who works at Nestle on a zero hour contract. But of course he only works at nestle, not for nestle
[quote][p][bold]h boparai[/bold] wrote: so it seems to transpire that if they want to pay anyone lower than the living wage, they'll just get them in through a recruitment agency. this is just a publicity stunt, right?[/p][/quote]That must be the case. As i know someone who works at Nestle on a zero hour contract. But of course he only works at nestle, not for nestle TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 1

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