Petitioning John Lewis Partnership and 10 others
1 response

We call on the board at John Lewis to pay the Living Wage to cleaners working at John Lewis shops and offices.


The Living Wage is an hourly rate calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. It currently stands at £7.85 in the UK and £9.15 in London (in comparison with the minimum wage of £6.50).

650 companies, including KPMG, Nationwide, the Royal Opera House and Tate & Lyle London Offices are committed to the London Living Wage Foundation.

John Lewis is the UK’s leading retailer and last Christmas/New Year enjoyed a hugely profitable period with the highest market share in the retail sector. Following this, John Lewis staff received 11% bonus payments. John Lewis brands itself as a company that is committed to treating its suppliers, customers and partners with fairness. But it has contracted out its cleaning services. Its cleaners receive less than the living wage and are not entitled to the bonus payments paid to directly employed staff.

There is growing concern that increasing inequality in UK is damaging to the whole of society. Given John Lewis’s impressive profit levels, it is very troubling that it refuses to show moral leadership and pay its cleaners the living wage. 

Letter to
John Lewis Partnership
Board Member Rachel Osborne
Board Member Paula Nickolds
and 8 others
Board Member Andrew Murphy
Board Member Mark Lewis
Board member Harriet Hounsell
Board Member Katie Stewart
Board Member Paul Coby
Board member Andy Street
Chairman The management board of John Lewis
Board Member Dino Rocus
We call on the board at John Lewis to pay the Living Wage to cleaners working at John Lewis and Waitrose shops.