Supermarket employees struggle on low wages

Most employees of the large supermarket chains feel they do not have enough to live on, according to a report by the Fair Pay Network, Face the Difference. The report finds that, of the 900,000 employees of the four largest supermarket chains (Tesco, Sainsbury's, ASDA and Morrisons), 86 per cent earn less than the living wage. More than half of those interviewed said they didn't earn enough to live on, with nearly a fifth that they could no longer afford new shoes or clothes for their children.

For this report the Fair Pay Network interviewed one hundred employees of the four supermarkets from four English regions between June and December 2011.

The full report is available from the Fair Pay Network website.

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A response critical of the report is Tim Worsthall's blog at the Adam Smith Institute.