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Selfridges to cut 14% of workforce as coronavirus hits sales

The luxury retailer will make around 450 staff redundant in what group MD Anne Pitcher called the “toughest decision” it has ever had to make


Will coronavirus put supermarket pay on a more equal footing?

Supermarkets have rewarded frontline staff with boosts to pay, while some have pruned back executive bonuses. Is the future more equitable?

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Guide for SMEs: what is the flexible furlough scheme and how do you use it?

To explain the new features of the flexible furlough scheme, and the key points of difference from the current one, we spoke to Cripps Pemberton Greenish senior associate Patrick Glencross

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City snapshot: Tesco faces shareholder revolt over pay

Tesco is likely to face  shareholder revolt at its AGM of Friday over CEO Dave Lewis’ £6.4m pay package

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Vulnerable supermarket staff told to return to work or face losing pay

It is understood as many as 16,000 Tesco workers have been told they should return to work


BP announces it is to pay real living wage to all UK retail staff

BP said the adoption of the RLW would represent, on average, a pay increase approaching 5% for its retail workers

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Lincolnshire Co-op challenged by Usdaw over staff welfare during coronavirus

The union has urged the mutual to end its ‘mean-spirited’ response to furloughed and self-isolating workers

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Post Office extends coronavirus payment measures for postmasters

The new payment includes those operating multiple branches and is generated from May’s trading

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Food & drink leaders and unions praise companies offering full pay for self-isolating staff

Measures recommended include ensuring effective and regular cleaning and disinfecting of factories

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Usdaw calls for ‘new deal’ for retail workers after crisis is over

The union is marking International Workers’ Day (1 May) by calling for what it said were millions of ’low-paid and undervalued’ workers to be treated more fairly

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Tesco to extend coronavirus bonus payments to frontline staff

The bonus is backdated to 6 March and will now run until Saturday 30 May

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We must protect store workers – and pay them fairly

Predominantly female store-based staff are at increased risk, says Sophie Clarke, an associate at Harcus Sinclair UK

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Waitrose sees 8% sales hike as John Lewis faces slump

Chairman Sharon White is take a 20% pay cut on her £990,000 annual salary

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Burton’s Biscuit Co pays workers coronavirus bonus

The company this week made a “thank-you payment” of £100 to all workers in its factories

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Driving instructors offer to deliver food to those self-isolating

In a bid to find work for its 1,500 instructors, Red Driving School is reaching out to employers seeking temporary drivers to deliver food

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Co-op’s Steve Murrells to donate salary for new members’ coronavirus fund

The fund will support food banks, funerals and frontline community causes

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Guide for SMEs: how to access government support during the coronavirus crisis

The government has announced a broad package of measures to support UK businesses through the coronavirus crisis. So what financial help can food and drink SMEs get? And what do they need to do?

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Waitrose staff to get bonus in recognition of coronavirus ‘sacrifices’

John Lewis Partnership is the latest retailer to announce a bonus for workers battling to keep supermarket shelves stocked

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Morrisons to treble staff bonuses in recognition of ‘huge effort’

The retailer said the changes represented a bonus payment of £1,050 for a full-time frontline colleague

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M&S gives store and supply chain staff 15% pay bonus

The hike tops that of the 10% bonuses already announced by a number of supermarkets