Wednesday, 8 March 2017

38% campaign against Dodgy Employers

Dear Brian,

We did it! Because of 40,000 of us, the cafe chain Mooboo Bubble Tea will now pay their staff for every hour they work. [1]

Until this week, Mooboo had been forcing new staff to work a 40-hour trial shift without pay, and without the guarantee of a job at the end of it. But ‘Better Than Zero’, a group that campaigns for worker’s rights, caught wind of the dodgy policy. They started a petition on the 38 Degrees website. [2]

Thousands and thousands of us piled in - and that’s when things started to move fast.

At first, Mooboo tried to ignore us, hoping we’d go away quietly. So together, we turned the pressure up a notch: we flooded their Facebook page and Twitter account with messages demanding they pay their staff properly. [3]

Our pressure meant the scandal was splashed across the media. [4] As the bad press for Mooboo grew, it sent their bosses into a spin. Just two weeks after the campaign started, here’s how Mooboo announced they were backing down:

Those ‘general public concerns’ were us. The tens of thousands of us across the country who signed the petition, tweeted Moboo and left comments on the cafe’s Facebook page. Our victory has made headlines - and politicians have lined up to congratulate all of us for forcing Mooboo to pay their staff properly. [5,6]

But this isn’t just about Mooboo; it’s about every bad employer up and down the country. Together, we rattled Mooboo - but we’ve also sent a clear message to every company that treats their staff badly.There are millions of us across the UK, and together we’re a force to be reckoned with.

Thanks for everything you do, and don’t ever let anyone tell you that together we can’t make a difference.

Gordon, Louie, Trish and the 38 Degrees team

Do you know of other employers who are also treating their staff badly? Do you or any of your friends or family have similar experiences to Mooboo? Will you take this short survey so that, together, we can expose them?

Take the survey here:

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