Whitbread Living Wage Woes

by Paul Haworth

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Whitbread, the company which owns Costa Coffee and Premier Inn warns that job cuts, price increases and profit losses will result from the introduction of the Living Wage.

The Living Wage
Boo hoo, Whitbread
I cry for you
A job provider
Drive our economy
Chancellor put a meme:
Hardworking Britain
“What does that even mean?”
Said a sad-face CEO
“Oh George, why’d you do me like this?”
Director in the office
Protector of the profits
Come off it
6.4 million
That was the pay package last year for Whitbread Chief Executive Andy Harrison
6.4 million pounds
That’s 955 224 hours on the minimum wage
So don’t talk to me about losses
When a couple coffees is the cost of an hourly rate
Don’t talk to me about losses
When Zero Hours have excused you sick pay
Each and every gain made
By decades’ workers’ wars waged
’Gainst nay-saying bastards
With slave owners for ancestors
Bastards aghast at any kindness lent
Poverty is built to last
It is meant to make us feel like they’re doing us a favour
To pay a living wage is nothing to take pride in
Living is a minimum
And anything less is exploitation
Let me say it again
With bread and roses
Anything less is exploitation


released November 27, 2015


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