Workers celebrate as major Giltbrook store agrees to pay living wage

Dozens of workers from around Eastwood and Kimberley are celebrating after a major local employer has committed to paying the “real living wage”.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 9:11 am
IKEA in Giltbrook has committed to paying the real living wage.

IKEA, which has a huge store in Giltbrook, has agreed to re-commit to paying at least the Living Wage Foundation rate after a turbulent battle with trade unions.

The Swedish home furnishings giant had come under fire in November after refusing to honour the 20 pence per hour increase announced by the Living Wage Foundation (LWF), while still displaying a Living Wage Employer plaque on sites.

Despite refusing to increase wages, IKEA remained listed as a “principal partner” on the LWF website and also displayed plaques in the reception areas of its sites boasting of its status.

Trade union GMB raised IKEA’s non-compliance directly with the foundation, at the time saying the company was “masquerading as an ethical business, but putting profits before people”.

However, after a series of discussions IKEA bosses have now agreed uplifting staff pay to at least £9.50 at the Giltbrook store.

David Shamma, GMB regional organiser, said: “This is a real win for all IKEA staff and helps celebrate the recent International Workers’ Day – they will really feel the difference in their pockets during May.

"We want to thank Ikea for recommitting to the rate, after a little wobble earlier this year.

A spokesperson from IKEA said: “We are proud to pay the real living wage and view it as a worthwhile investment in our people.”