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Petitioning Mike Coupe, Sainsbury

Support Sainsbury's shop floor staff's working rights. We're NOT in the money

For over 20 years, I have been a dedicated and hardworking staff member at Sainsbury’s. I have always loved my job, worked with amazing colleagues and been a proud and loyal employee for a good employer. And that’s what why it is so hard to speak out.In March, Sainsbury’s announced wholesale contract changes across the organisation and spun them to the media as an ‘increase in basic pay’. But, because of these changes, I will be one of the thousands of long standing and loyal Sainsbury's staff who will see our wages plummet.Here is the reality for shopfloor staff like me: Those of us who work unsociable hours over weekends will see our earnings slashed. Those of us who work through the night will only receive nightshift pay between 12am and 5am. We’ll all lose our bonuses (although not our “we’re in the money” CEO). We’ll no longer be paid through our breaks. And if we don’t accept the changes by September, then Sainsbury’s will dismiss us from our jobs. I personally stand to lose over £1,000 per year. Some of my colleagues will lose as much as £3,000. And it is those of us who have been with the company the longest that will be hit the hardest. Against all Sainsbury’s values, I am being asked to ‘work well for less’ if I am to keep my job.The morale at Sainsbury’s is lower than ever before, especially with the new uncertainty of how the Sainsbury's/Asda merger will pan out. Many of us are wondering if we can afford to continue to work here, whilst the prospect of seeking new employment in our 40s, 50s and 60s is extremely frightening.I’m calling on Sainsbury’s to reconsider their position and to show a fraction of the loyalty to me and my colleagues that we have shown to them.I’ve written this petition under a pseudonym to protect myself at work.

Michelle Cooper
128,091 supporters
Petitioning Jean Tomlin, Mike Coupe, martin scicluna

"Not CURRENTLY Recycled" Not good enough.

Make ALL Sainsbury's food packaging recyclable.  I am tired of reading 'NOT CURRENTLY RECYCLED' on the packaging of my local Sainsbury's. I want to see that all packaging I buy can be recycled.  From vegetables and fruits to pasta, rice and legumes, to freshly cut flowers, ice-lollies and toilet rolls – you name it  – majority of the packaging of products that we use on a daily basis still says that it is not currently recycled.  How is this possible? Recycling systems differ across the UK and the not currently recycled symbol is used on products ‘when less than 20% of councils have household recycling collection facilities for that type of packaging in their area’.[1]However, it is ultimately up to the individual businesses to decide on the composition of their packaging.  While many consumers want to be responsible and recycle, large companies must allow their customers to do so by using materials that are currently recycled across the country.  Producing packaging that our society cannot deal with is completely unsustainable and extremely irresponsible. Giant companies that sell their own products wrapped in plastic packaging need to recognise their accountability and lead the way to a sustainable future. Let’s urge Sainsbury’s, and by doing so also Tesco and Waitrose and other major UK stores to change their packaging from [mostly] ‘not currently recycled’ materials to 100% recyclable or compostable packaging across their own ranges. Plastic should be recycled. Adults know it and kids are being taught so at schools. According to the British Plastic Federation, ‘the optimum recovery route for most plastic items at the ‘end-of-life’ is to be recycled, preferably back into a product that can then be recycled again and again and so on’. [2] Sainsbury's are a group that pride themselves on Corporate Responsibility. It is even in the description on their top Management's Job Titles. How great would it be if Sainsbury's set the bar by publically announcing that ALL their packaging would become recyclable? Let's let them know that we do not want pollutive non-recyclable plastics clogging up our landfills and oceans.  Please sign and make a difference. Thanks, Rob

Robert Sheehan
5,494 supporters
Petitioning Dave Lewis, Christian Haller, Mike Coupe, Charlotta Szczepanowski, Åsa Domeij, Maria Smith, Press Group Carrefour, CSR Group Lidl, Veronika Pountcheva, Susan Iliefski-janols, Jim Bath, Virginie Helias

HALTE AUX TAMPONS ET AUX COUCHES TOXIQUES !

ENGLISH | GERMAN | FRENCH | SWEDISH Saviez-vous que des études ont révélé la présence de dioxines dangereuses dans des couches pour bébés, et que les tampons hygiéniques peuvent libérer des substances chimiques toxiques que l’organisme humain met des années à éliminer ? Le problèmeUn grand nombre des couches pour bébés et tampons hygiéniques actuellement commercialisés dans nos supermarchés sont blanchis avec du dioxyde de chlore. Or, ce procédé peut produire des dioxines, des composés chimiques cancérigènes associés à l’apparition de cancers et à des problèmes de santé tels que l’infertilité. C’est la raison pour laquelle l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé a classé les dioxines parmi les substances les plus toxiques au monde. En quoi est-ce grave ?Récemment, plusieurs études ont fait état de niveaux alarmants de dioxines dans des couches pour bébés et tampons de grandes marques. En janvier 2019, l’agence de sécurité sanitaire française (Anses) a confirmé, dans un rapport d’analyses, la présence de traces d’herbicides et d’autres substances potentiellement toxiques dans des couches pour bébés. En réponse, les fabricants affirment que les niveaux détectés sont trop faibles pour représenter un risque sanitaire. S’ils sont dans le vrai, pourquoi le gouvernement français lui-même les a-t-il appelés, en s’appuyant sur le rapport de l’Anses, à éliminer ces substances ? Le problème, c’est que ces produits entrent en contact avec les parties les plus intimes de notre corps. Saviez-vous que la capacité d’absorption de substances toxiques par la voie vaginale est de 10 à 80 fois plus élevée que par la voie orale ? Saviez-vous que les dioxines absorbées par de jeunes enfants risquent d’affecter leur fonction hépatique et leurs niveaux d’hormones thyroïdiennes, voire de provoquer des déficits d’apprentissage ? De fait, ces substances dangereuses ne devraient jamais entrer en contact avec notre peau ou nos muqueuses. Il existe une alternative plus sûre, que nous devons réclamer ! Les couches, tampons et autres produits d'hygiène intime comme les serviettes et le papier toilette n’ont pas besoin d’être blanchis au dioxyde de chlore. Il existe un procédé bien plus sûr, qui n’utilise pas de chlore et n’est pas toxique : le procédé de blanchiment totalement sans chlore (TCF). Malheureusement, la plupart des fabricants ne se sont pas convertis à ce procédé. Pour que cela change, il est essentiel que de plus en plus de citoyens soient sensibilisés aux risques de santé associés à ces produits et réclament des alternatives non toxiques. 5 RAISONS POUR LESQUELLES VOUS DEVEZ ARRÊTER DE PRODUIRE DES PRODUITS D’HYGIÈNE TOXIQUES MAINTENANT.  Les dioxines sont des composés très persistants : cela prend 7 à 11 ans à l’organisme pour éliminer seulement la moitié des dioxines qu’il absorbe. La capacité d’absorption de substances toxiques par la voie vaginale est bien plus importante (10 à 80 fois plus élevée) que par la voie orale. Classées parmi les substances les plus dangereuses au monde, les dioxines ne devraient jamais entrer en contact avec des zones aussi fragiles que le vagin d’une femme ou la peau d’un bébé.  Les scientifiques manquent de données sur les effets d’une exposition directe et cumulée à ces toxines sur les muqueuses intimes. Cela fait près de trente ans que de meilleurs procédés de blanchiment existent : dans ce contexte, il n’est pas admissible que nous continuions d’être exposés à des composés toxiques. Nous exigeons des fabricants et des supermarchés qu’ils agissent ! Nous en appelons aux fabricants internationaux de ces produits, parmi lesquels Essity, Procter&Gamble et Kimberly-Clark, pour qu’ils proposent des alternatives sans chlore et non toxiques aux consommateurs. Nous exigeons également des grandes chaînes de distribution européennes – Aldi, Auchan, Lidl, Carrefour, Coop, Leclerc, Tesco, Sainsbury ́s, Metro et les autres – qu’elles commercialisent des produits d’hygiène intime sans toxines. Signez la pétition afin d’exiger d’eux qu’ils fabriquent et commercialisent des couches, tampons, serviettes hygiéniques, serviettes et autres produits d’hygiène qui n’auront pas été blanchis avec des composés chlorés. SIGNER LA PÉTITION LA PARTAGER #myclosestenemyCette pétition est proposée par 'My Closest Enemy'  Retrouvez-nous sur -Notre site Web https://www.myclosestenemy.com/Instagram @myclosestenemy Facebook @My Closest Enemy

My Closest Enemy
18,149 supporters
Petitioning Dave Lewis, Christian Haller, Mike Coupe, Charlotta Szczepanowski, Åsa Domeij, Maria Smith, Press Group, CSR Group Lidl, Veronika Pountcheva, Susan Iliefski-janols, Jim Bath, Virginie Helias

DER VERKAUF SCHADSTOFFHALTIGER WINDELN UND TAMPONS MUSS AUFHÖREN

ENGLISH | GERMAN | FRENCH | SWEDISH Wusstest du, dass mehrere Studien ergaben, dass Windeln gefährliche Dioxine enthalten? Oder dass Tampons gefährliche Chemikalien in den menschlichen Körper freisetzen, die Jahre brauchen, um abgebaut zu werden? Wo liegt das Problem?Viele der Windel- und Tamponprodukte, die in Supermärkten verkauft werden, wurden mit Chlordioxiden gebleicht. Dieser Bleichprozess kann Dioxine freisetzen, eine Gruppe karzinogener Stoffe die mit Krebs und anderen Gesundheitsproblemen, wie Unfruchtbarkeit, in Zusammenhang stehen. Dioxin wurde von der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) als einer der giftigsten Stoffen eingestuft. Wie ernst ist es?Jüngste Studien deckten alarmierende Mengen an Dioxinen in bekannten Windel- und Tamponmarken auf. Im Januar 2019 veröffentlichte die französische Regierung ein Bericht, der den Fund von Unkrautvernichtern und anderen potenziell giftigen Stoffen in Babywindeln bestätigt. Die Hersteller dieser Produkte behaupten, dass der gefundene Gehalt zu gering sei um Gesundheitsrisiken zu bergen. Warum hat dann die französische Regierung die Hersteller und Händler dazu aufgerufen, diese Stoffe zu beseitigen? Diese Produkte werden an den intimsten Stellen des menschlichen Körpers getragen. Wusstest du, dass die Vagina der Frau giftige Chemikalien in viel größeren Mengen aufnehmen kann - 10 bis 80 mal mehr - als bei einer oralen Einnahme? Oder dass Dioxine bei Kindern die Leberfunktion und den Hormongehalt der Schilddrüse beeinträchtigen können und Lernschwächen hervorrufen können? Solch gefährliche Dioxine sollten nicht mit Haut oder Gewebe in Berührung kommen. Es gibt sicherere Alternativen - fordere sie ein! Die gute Nachricht ist, dass Windeln, Tampons und andere Hygieneartikel, wie Servietten und Toilettenpapier, nicht mit Chlordioxiden gebleicht werden müssen. Es gibt einen weitaus sichereren Bleichvorgang, der komplett chlor- und schadstofffrei ist. Es wird absolut chlorfreies Bleichen (Totally Chlorine Free, TCF) genannt. Die meisten Hersteller wenden TCF noch nicht an, doch das wird sich ändern, je mehr Menschen von den mit diesen Produkten verbundenen Gesundheitsrisiken Kenntnis erlangen und schadstofffreie Alternativen einfordern. 5 GRÜNDE WARUM WIR JETZT SCHADSTOFFHALTIGEN HYGIENEPRODUKTEN EINHALT GEBIETEN MÜSSEN. Dioxine sind langlebig. Es braucht 7-11 Jahre um gerade mal 50 % des Dioxingehalts in deinem Körper zu beseitigen. Die Vagina kann 10 bis 80-mal mehr giftige Chemikalien aufnehmen als bei einer oralen Einnahme. Dioxin ist als eines der gefährlichsten Stoffe der Welt eingestuft und sollte nicht mit sensiblen Körperstellen wie der Vagina oder Babyhaut in Berührung kommen. Der Beweis für die direkte und kumulative Einwirkung dieser Schadstoffe auf intimes Körpergewebe steht noch aus. Seit fast mehr als 30 Jahren gibt es bessere Arten zu bleichen. - warum also werden wir noch immer giftigen Stoffen ausgesetzt? Daher fordern wir von Herstellern und Supermärkten ein zu handeln. Wir drängen Produktherstellern, wie Essity, Procter&Gamble und Kimberly-Clark, Kunden absolut chlor- und schadstofffreie Alternativen anzubieten. Ebenso fordern wir von einigen von Europas größten Einzelhandelsketten - Aldi, Lidl, ICA, Axfood, Carrefour, Coop, Texco, Sainsbury, Metro und einigen anderen - den Kunden sicherere Hygieneartikel anzubieten, die frei von Giftstoffen sind. Unterschreibe die Petition und rufe sie dazu auf Windeln, Tampons, Wattepads, Servietten und andere aus Papier hergestellte Hygieneartikel zu führen, die nicht mit Chlor gebleicht wurden und schadstofffrei sind. UNTERSCHREIBE DIESE PETITIONBITTE TEILEN #myclosestenemy Diese Petition wurde von 'My Closest Enemy' gestartet. Besuche uns aufWebsite https://www.myclosestenemy.com/ Instagram @myclosestenemyFacebook @My Closest Enemy

My Closest Enemy
18,149 supporters
Petitioning Mike Coupe

Petition against Sainsbury’s South Woodford parking restrictions

My name is Suzanne Bennett, owner of a local business in South Woodford, Sid & Evie's Children’s Boutique. Sainsbury’s South Woodford branch has introduced new parking restrictions. These are 15 mins ‘free’ and a further 1hr 45 mins if you spend £5 minimum in store. Our main issues with the parking restrictions are:1) The 15 min "free parking"  does not give people enough time to shop on the High St. - this will discourage the local community to shop on their High St, reducing use of local amenities,  thus aiding the decline of an already struggling High St. 2) Sainsbury's did not inform any local businesses, including ones which fall under their lease, of the proposals to change parking rules - there was no prior contact or consultation. 3) This action is ill-conceived, with little regard for the impact on the local business community and will dramatically affect footfall on the ever declining High St. 4) The elderly and infirm will be unfairly penalised when collecting prescriptions, attending medical appointments or picking up essential items from the High St. 5) This will adversely affect families with young children who require extra time to carry out daily tasks. There are 298 parking spaces available in the car park. This is more than adequate to serve Sainsbury's and the local community as a whole. This has worked successfully since 1977. Sign this petition if you are unhappy with Sainsbury’s new parking restrictions.

Sid & Evie’s
921 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Paul Polman, Alex Gorsky, Emma Walmsley, Ian Cook, Dave Lewis, Sean Clarke, Mike coupe, David Potts, Mark Price, Elizabeth Fagan, Jeremy Seigal

Introduce high street refill stations for toiletries to reduce plastic waste

We are writing to a number of major cosmetics companies and retailers to ask that you consider installing refill stations for some of your most popular toiletry products such as shampoos, conditioners and shower gels, in the larger branches of high street retailers and supermarkets. As you must already be aware, molecules once made into plastic, will never fully biodegrade. Waste plastic is becoming a serious problem in our oceans and in landfill, and even the most ecologically conscious production of plastic bottles can only ensure a limited number of times for each item to be recycled before it inevitably becomes unusable. The recent Plastic Free July initiative shows a growing awareness and concern amongst the shopping public that plastic needs to be reduced, and we ask that you make further efforts to reduce the amount of plastic you are responsible for with the installation of a number of trial refill stations. A number of companies such as Ecover, already offer a refill service in some shops around the country, so it is possible to do, we would just like to see the idea trialled to see if it might reduce plastic production, after all, we don’t think anyone foresaw quite how significant the take up would be for reusable shopping bags until a small charge was introduced. Thank you for your time.

Alex Townley
789 supporters
Support Sainsbury's shop floor staff's working rights. We're NOT in the money

Thank you for taking the time to sign this petition - I understand why you signed given how our proposals were presented - and appreciate the opportunity to respond and explain what we are trying to do. Our proposals represent an investment of more than £100 million in our Sainsbury’s store colleagues. They would take our hourly rate of pay from £8.00 an hour to £9.20 an hour and would make us the highest paying retailer in the country. This means that more than 90% of Sainsbury’s store colleagues would get a pay rise. This follows four years of annual pay rises that mean we would pay colleagues 30% more in September 2018 than we did in September 2014. I am proud to have increased our base rate of pay by 30% during my time as Chief Executive. The aim of these changes is to make pay fair and consistent for everyone. At the moment we have colleagues working side-by-side in store, doing exactly the same job, but being paid different amounts, depending on when they started working for us. That doesn’t seem fair. So we are proposing to move everyone onto the same contract, with the same terms and conditions and an increased hourly rate – which means that the vast majority of colleagues get a pay rise. So why the backlash? I do appreciate that, while most colleagues will get a pay rise, there are some who won’t. Let me reassure you that we have thought very carefully about what to do about that. We have proposed top-up payments for an 18 month period to make sure that no colleague earns less than they do today. And at the end of that 18 months – in March 2020, we will review the hourly rate again. We are in the middle of consultation on these proposals with all of our colleagues – and we have made significant changes to our proposals as a result of feedback from our colleagues. For example, all London boroughs will now receive a location pay premium; we’ve increased the proposed pay for online drivers and increased the proposed pay for everyone who works between midnight – 5am. These are meaningful changes that will have a real impact on our colleagues’ pay and that will cost Sainsbury’s millions of pounds a year. But it’s been important to us that we listen throughout this process and respond to concerns along the way. The retail industry is changing quickly and every business is having to adapt, including Sainsbury’s. Ensuring our contracts are fair and consistent and paying our colleagues an industry-leading rate of pay so that they can give the best possible customer service is just one part of our plan. I hope this provides you with the reassurance that we are trying to do the right thing. Thank you again for taking the time to write to me.

1 year ago
Ban Disposable Plastic Straws in Sainsbury's

Thank you for contacting us to share your concerns about the impact plastics straws can have on the environment. We share your view that plastic is sometimes used unnecessarily in our industry, and we’ve been working to reduce our impact on the environment in a range of different ways for years – from reducing the amount of packaging we use and increasing our use of recycled materials, to investing in more recycling facilities at our supermarkets. We currently offer both plastic and paper straws but I can confirm we will be moving away from plastic, single use straws and looking to expand the paper and reusable options available in store over the next year. We are also taking the same approach in our cafes and moving away from single use, plastic straws. However, we understand this action alone is not enough, which is why we’re constantly reviewing the range of packaging, products and services available to our customers. We look forward to continuing to play our part and working with Government and industry in delivering a long-term strategy to boost recycling, reduce plastic and protect the environment. Best wishes, Mike Coupe Sainsbury’s CEO

1 year ago