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Monsoon

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Duke of York, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34608028

    "The retailer Monsoon Accessorize has topped the government's latest name-and-shame list of companies who failed to pay the national minimum wage (NMW).

    Monsoon Accessorize's wages dipped below the minimum because it had a policy of offering staff discounted fashions to wear at work.

    The cost was taken off their wages, taking them below the legal threshold."


    If you refused to shop there because of their appalling policy of avoiding paying fair wages whilst obliging the employees to become cheap mannequins, would you be doing the employees a disservice in the long term?
     
  2. BobbyPhilips

    BobbyPhilips Established commenter

    Its too late. The policy has changed, as it generally has by the time of mass publicity.
     
  3. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Of course it's not too late. The policy only changed as a consequence of finding themselves top of the name and shame list. If the company has an attitude where it looks to rip its employees off, the public can show its displeasure by avoiding the shop until such times as it appears in a list of the best employers.
     
  4. annie2010

    annie2010 Occasional commenter

    Disappointed to read this-I've always liked this store for scarves/accessories in particular. I'll definitely reconsider shopping there now, as I'd rather support companies that treat employees fairly.
     
  5. emilystrange

    emilystrange Star commenter

    didn't we have this sort of thing years ago when companies were stopped from deducting the costs of uniform provision/cleaning from paypackets?
     
  6. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Sorry to hear this as I bought my avatar outfit there. Won't be shopping there again. [​IMG]
     
  7. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    • I shall bore you again:
    • My buying policy:
    nowt from China
    nowt from Bangladesh

    • from UK whenever possible - for knickers:

    http://kinkyknickersuk.com/

    • from EU or US (coz I'm hoping to hell there's no slave labour involved)
    • from charity shops or ebay 'used' as I'm not so intimately connected with the consumer-driven part of the manufacturing process
     
  8. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    I make nearly all my own clothes now. I used to shop at Monsoon quite a bit as I believed they did good work (education for worker's children etc.) in India where many of the clothes are made. I didn't know they were treating their U.K. staff badly.
     
  9. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    That's somewhere I won't shop again.
     
  10. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    I always found their clothes a bit over priced so I will maintain my position of not shopping there. I buy from ebay 'used', particularly for per una skirts as I love some of their designs and the shape I like always hangs nicely (and hides a multitude of sins!!! :oops: )
     
  11. BobbyPhilips

    BobbyPhilips Established commenter

    They have announced a change in policy already. Forcing them into receivership will do the employees no good. If you wait for them to be best employers, there will only be 100 companies in the UK.
     
  12. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Overpriced and frumpy!
     
  13. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    In the long-term it probably would. If shoppers refused to buy from companies who treated their employees poorly, and as a consequence of being named and shamed, Monsoon went to the wall, all employees would ultimately up their game for fear of falling into disfavour with their customers.

    I'm sorry, just because Monsoon have been shamed into changing their policy of paying less than the minimum wage, they've yet to prove that the culture of treating employees like dirt isn't still rife. Does a leopard ever change its spots?

    That they could devise such a plan to beat the system isn't going to impress anyone. Maybe a complete change of faces in the boardroom might and the best way to achieve that is going to come from a reduction in profit brought about by customer contempt.

    Getting the sack for this type of behaviour is the only way they'll learn.
     

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