Lewisham Sainsbury's under fire by Green Party over self-service tills

Self-service checkouts 'putting people out of work' say Lewisham Greens

Self-service checkouts 'putting people out of work' say Lewisham Greens

The sign at Sainsbury's

Brockley election candidate Violeta Vadja

Ladywell candidate Andrea Carey-Fuller

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Self-service supermarket checkouts - a handy way to save time or a return to the Industrial Revolution, putting people out of work?

Lewisham Green Party - very much in the latter camp - is calling on Sainsbury's customers to contact the company and request an end to their push for more people to use self-service machines.

It comes after they spotted a sign at the Lewisham branch showing a target for 59 per cent of customers to use the self-service tills.

The Greens' Brockley election candidate Violeta Vadja said: "The savings from replacing staff with self-service tills aren't being passed on to customers and clearly aren't being passed on to staff.

"Giving shop staff targets for use of these machines is, in effect, giving them a target to do themselves out of job in one of London's lowest paid boroughs."

And her Ladywell colleague Andrea Carey-Fuller added: "Many people don't like using self-service tills either for technical reasons, because they enjoy the human contact of speaking to a shop assistant or because they would rather help keep somebody in a job than hasten their way to the dole queue.

"We are returning to the days of the Industrial Revolution where mechanisation increased profits at the expense of jobs and wages. We can't allow this to keep on happening. As employees, benefit claimants and taxpayers the people of Lewisham can't afford to let this keep on happening."

A spokeswoman for Sainsbury's said: "The Lewisham Green Party is wrong in its assumption. We have self-checkouts in our stores to give our customers a choice as we know some prefer to use them while others prefer being served by a colleague on a checkout.

"We are committed to creating thousands of job opportunities with around 6,000 created last year. Indeed our Lewisham store has over 140 colleagues and is currently recruiting for new roles with five new colleagues starting on Monday (MARCH 31)."

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6:24pm Fri 28 Mar 14

HearTheFacts says...

Sainsburys claim of all these jobs, what they fail to state full time - part time?. This also goes for other companies claiming to be creating jobs. Let's see the facts, because in many cases these are part time or limited period jobs.

As for self service tills, those using these are also hoping they will also lose their jobs as well!.
Sainsburys claim of all these jobs, what they fail to state full time - part time?. This also goes for other companies claiming to be creating jobs. Let's see the facts, because in many cases these are part time or limited period jobs. As for self service tills, those using these are also hoping they will also lose their jobs as well!. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 20

6:44pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Technology don't you love it.

It's change, embrace it or die out.
Technology don't you love it. It's change, embrace it or die out. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 15

7:50pm Fri 28 Mar 14

white rabbit9 says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Technology don't you love it.

It's change, embrace it or die out.
No technology was designed so it can control the sheep. Look at all the kids with there Iphones, faces down operating it.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Technology don't you love it. It's change, embrace it or die out.[/p][/quote]No technology was designed so it can control the sheep. Look at all the kids with there Iphones, faces down operating it. white rabbit9
  • Score: -50

9:53am Sat 29 Mar 14

ksc says...

If the huge supermarkets want it to happen, it will happen, because if the huge supermarket chain upsets the all important customer, then they will take their custom to, er,...a huge supermarket chain.
If the huge supermarkets want it to happen, it will happen, because if the huge supermarket chain upsets the all important customer, then they will take their custom to, er,...a huge supermarket chain. ksc
  • Score: 8

12:25pm Mon 31 Mar 14

PaulErith says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
Technology don't you love it.

It's change, embrace it or die out.
No technology was designed so it can control the sheep. Look at all the kids with there Iphones, faces down operating it.
How exactly are 'the kids with their Iphones' different to you glued to the internet all the time?
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Technology don't you love it. It's change, embrace it or die out.[/p][/quote]No technology was designed so it can control the sheep. Look at all the kids with there Iphones, faces down operating it.[/p][/quote]How exactly are 'the kids with their Iphones' different to you glued to the internet all the time? PaulErith
  • Score: 2

12:28pm Mon 31 Mar 14

PaulErith says...

HearTheFacts wrote:
Sainsburys claim of all these jobs, what they fail to state full time - part time?. This also goes for other companies claiming to be creating jobs. Let's see the facts, because in many cases these are part time or limited period jobs.

As for self service tills, those using these are also hoping they will also lose their jobs as well!.
Sainsburys as a company have no obligation to employ anyone. If they choose to replace the whole workforce with robots and computers, then that's their choice. If they wish to offer lots of part time or short term contracts, that's up to them too. If people don't like the self service tills, then they won't use them. Personally, I like them.
[quote][p][bold]HearTheFacts[/bold] wrote: Sainsburys claim of all these jobs, what they fail to state full time - part time?. This also goes for other companies claiming to be creating jobs. Let's see the facts, because in many cases these are part time or limited period jobs. As for self service tills, those using these are also hoping they will also lose their jobs as well!.[/p][/quote]Sainsburys as a company have no obligation to employ anyone. If they choose to replace the whole workforce with robots and computers, then that's their choice. If they wish to offer lots of part time or short term contracts, that's up to them too. If people don't like the self service tills, then they won't use them. Personally, I like them. PaulErith
  • Score: -1

4:28pm Mon 31 Mar 14

HearTheFacts says...

PaulErith wrote:
HearTheFacts wrote:
Sainsburys claim of all these jobs, what they fail to state full time - part time?. This also goes for other companies claiming to be creating jobs. Let's see the facts, because in many cases these are part time or limited period jobs.

As for self service tills, those using these are also hoping they will also lose their jobs as well!.
Sainsburys as a company have no obligation to employ anyone. If they choose to replace the whole workforce with robots and computers, then that's their choice. If they wish to offer lots of part time or short term contracts, that's up to them too. If people don't like the self service tills, then they won't use them. Personally, I like them.
When any company including Sainburys, claim to be creating jobs. As they are but what are the facts, as the government claims rising employment.

If I was to employ 10.000 people on zero hours. Then that 10.000 jobs created, its a statistic!. But that's the point, I have created no jobs. But this would show on government figures as 10.000 jobs created!. That's what is happening.
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HearTheFacts[/bold] wrote: Sainsburys claim of all these jobs, what they fail to state full time - part time?. This also goes for other companies claiming to be creating jobs. Let's see the facts, because in many cases these are part time or limited period jobs. As for self service tills, those using these are also hoping they will also lose their jobs as well!.[/p][/quote]Sainsburys as a company have no obligation to employ anyone. If they choose to replace the whole workforce with robots and computers, then that's their choice. If they wish to offer lots of part time or short term contracts, that's up to them too. If people don't like the self service tills, then they won't use them. Personally, I like them.[/p][/quote]When any company including Sainburys, claim to be creating jobs. As they are but what are the facts, as the government claims rising employment. If I was to employ 10.000 people on zero hours. Then that 10.000 jobs created, its a statistic!. But that's the point, I have created no jobs. But this would show on government figures as 10.000 jobs created!. That's what is happening. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 7

1:03pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Dave Plummer says...

Sainsbury's have no legal obligation to provide jobs but I think they do have a moral one. The fact is, as others have already mentioned, the jobs could be part time, they could be casual. Also Sainsbury's are well known as a company which still doesn't pay all staff the living wage, leaving the taxpayer to pay the difference through in-work benefits, subsidising their profits.

Sainsbury's made £788 million in the year to March 2013. They can afford to provide proper jobs with a decent rate of pay.

A Sainsbury's supported told me that the staff who would have been behind the counter are being deployed to do other important work.

That implies two things:
1) The self-service tills are doing people out of jobs because,
2) if the other work needs doing they would have had to take more staff on to do it.

Despite Sainsbury's protestations to the contrary self-service tills are leaving people on the dole queue, albeit indirectly.

Dave Plummer,
Lewisham Green Party candidate for Evelyn ward.

(We've set up a petition calling on the CBI to make membership conditional on paying the living wage and asking them to ask members to stop encouraging customers to use self service tills: http://is.gd/lgplivi
ngwage)
Sainsbury's have no legal obligation to provide jobs but I think they do have a moral one. The fact is, as others have already mentioned, the jobs could be part time, they could be casual. Also Sainsbury's are well known as a company which still doesn't pay all staff the living wage, leaving the taxpayer to pay the difference through in-work benefits, subsidising their profits. Sainsbury's made £788 million in the year to March 2013. They can afford to provide proper jobs with a decent rate of pay. A Sainsbury's supported told me that the staff who would have been behind the counter are being deployed to do other important work. That implies two things: 1) The self-service tills are doing people out of jobs because, 2) if the other work needs doing they would have had to take more staff on to do it. Despite Sainsbury's protestations to the contrary self-service tills are leaving people on the dole queue, albeit indirectly. Dave Plummer, Lewisham Green Party candidate for Evelyn ward. (We've set up a petition calling on the CBI to make membership conditional on paying the living wage and asking them to ask members to stop encouraging customers to use self service tills: http://is.gd/lgplivi ngwage) Dave Plummer
  • Score: 0

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