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Starbucks                                                                                  workers'
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Starbucks is one of the sickly-sweet faces of global capitalism. Worldwide                                              Starbucks is one of the sickly-sweet faces of global capitalism. Worldwide
it has over 12,000 coffee shops and employs over 100,000 people. In                                                     it has over 12,000 coffee shops and employs over 100,000 people. In
Britain, it has over 500 outlets employing 5,000 workers.                                                               Britain, it has over 500 outlets employing 5,000 workers.
The firm exploits workers all the way down the supply chain. In coffee                                                  The firm exploits workers all the way down the supply chain. In coffee
shops, a Starbucks barista earns a little over the minimum wage per hour                                                shops, a Starbucks barista earns a little over the minimum wage per hour
but isn't guaranteed enough hours each week to be sure of a living.                                                     but isn't guaranteed enough hours each week to be sure of a living.
Meanwhile in the UK its top executive earn nearly £500,000.                                                             Meanwhile in the UK its top executive earn nearly £500,000.
Workers might be called "partners" but in reality they suffer repetitive                                                Workers might be called "partners" but in reality they suffer repetitive
strain injuries, burns and persistent bullying from managers.                                                           strain injuries, burns and persistent bullying from managers.
Starbucks pays farmers a pittance. According to the Guardian, growers                                                   Starbucks pays farmers a pittance. According to the Guardian, growers
receive little more than 50p for a pound of coffee, which is then sold for                                              receive little more than 50p for a pound of coffee, which is then sold for
£80.                                                                                                                    £80.
Starbucks is also anti-union. In the US it has faced legal action for                                                   Starbucks is also anti-union. In the US it has faced legal action for
victimising workers who tried to organise to improve their conditions.                                                  victimising workers who tried to organise to improve their conditions.
But Starbucks isn't getting everything its own way. In New Zealand,                                                     But Starbucks isn't getting everything its own way. In New Zealand,
Starbucks workers organised a strike to protest at their pay and                                                        Starbucks workers organised a strike to protest at their pay and
conditions. The Starbucks Workers Union in the US has successfully                                                      conditions. The Starbucks Workers Union in the US has successfully
organised in some stores and won improvements in pay, hours scheduling                                                  organised in some stores and won improvements in pay, hours scheduling
and on safety. An Oxfam campaign this year forced the firm to concede                                                   and on safety. An Oxfam campaign this year forced the firm to concede
better terms to Ethiopian farmers.                                                                                      better terms to Ethiopian farmers.
Starbucks workers in the UK are also standing up for their rights. No                                                   Starbucks workers in the UK are also standing up for their rights. No
Sweat is helping them to organise a union. Join us, get involved!                                                       Sweat is helping them to organise a union. Join us, get involved!

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