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Petitioning Boris Johnson, UK Parliament, Tesco, Sainsbury, John Lewis Partnership

Stop Single Use Plastics

We are about to start a new decade and this is a great time to STOP all single use plastics. Supermarkets and large businesses have had there own way for far too long. A lot of what we buy has plastic around it. From the everyday tea bag to cucumbers, we have very little choice but to buy something that will harm the place that we live and love.  If Planet Earth was a human being and single use plastics was a cigarette we would be told by our GP to quit and give it up. We would be told that we were damaging our lungs and giving us a higher chance of cancer. By all possibility we would stop. Our health over time would get better. Lets give our home and Planet a chance of recovery. If we cant have the product without the plastic I and millions of others would rather not have it. 40 years ago we didn't have single use plastic. If it was good enough for that generation it is good enough for ours.  I feel we need to give a final date to supermarkets to STOP single use plastics. They have had decades to replace it. We, the public, have had enough and want to buy products that wont damage our home. Lets give our children hope that their future is safe. Let them be able to see with their own eyes the amazing fish in our sea's instead of seeing them in a history book. Lets stop Single use plastics and say no more past March 31st 2020. Lets make it illegal past that date. Lets show the World that we are strong and united on this one threat and show them we can survive without this awful material. Thank you for your support.

Charles Thorne
2,148 supporters
We call on the board at John Lewis to pay the Living Wage to cleaners working at John Lewis shops and offices.

Thank you for your interest in this important issue. Fair pay is one of the core principles of the John Lewis Partnership and we share the Living Wage campaign’s objectives to pay employees fairly. We achieve that, however, through different means. Our policy is to pay the market rate for a job and as much above that as can be justified by performance. On top of that our Partners receive a share of our profits as well as other benefits such as a final salary pension (after a qualifying period). In relation to cleaning, with a few historical exceptions, the majority of cleaners who work in our branches are, as with almost every company, contractors. Most work for more than one company, often on the same day.  Like all retailers we work with many different contractors of various kinds throughout our supply chain. We could not operate effectively if all our contractors were Partners. We take our responsibilities to all our suppliers and contractors very seriously. We expect them to uphold good employment standards. We have made a number of improvements to the definition of those standards recently, including improved processes around contract placement and contractor management. However, we do not believe it is right for us to insist our suppliers or managing agents adopt pay policies that are different to our own by setting base pay levels well above the market rate.

7 years ago