Waterstones staff deliver petition for living wage to company HQ

Booksellers from branches across the country challenge managing director James Daunt, some saying they can’t afford food and rent

Waterstones staff testified to cutting back on food in order to afford rent as they travelled across the country to deliver a 9,300-signature petition to the chain’s London headquarters, calling for the introduction of a living wage.

On Monday, booksellers from branches around the UK were heading to Waterstones Piccadilly to deliver the petition, which asks managing director James Daunt to start paying staff a real living wage of £9 an hour, or £10.55 in Greater London. When the petition, started by a Waterstones staff member, first came to light, 2,400 writers including Kerry Hudson, Sally Rooney and David Nicholls put their names to a second petition, asking Daunt to consider offering booksellers “the financial recognition deserving of their skill, passion, expertise and hard work”.

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