According to the statistics provided by Pret A Manger to PAMSU on 12th June 2012, 91% of Pret’s workforce are immigrants.
Out of 3,386 employees, 307 employees stated that they had British nationality and 89 stated that they were of white ethnic origin which is less than 3% of the workforce. Yet, this 3% controls positions such as general manager, area manager or operations manager, not mentioning Pret human resources which employs exclusively white British employees.
It is clear that Pret a Manger prefers to hire foreign workforce rather than British workforce. PAMSU believes that the reason for this selective recruitment approach is that Pret can much easily exploit foreigners than British people. Foreigners are more vulnerable as English is not their native language and they are not familiar with the legal system in the UK. That makes them perfect employees for companies like Pret.
Occasionally, some of the Pret employees can’t stand the bullying and stand up for their rights. This is what happened in Pret St Pancras branch on 1st September 2012 when 5 employees (surprisingly all foreigners) formed the Pret A Manger Staff Union to fight for their basic rights such as being treated with respect and dignity or having access to their payslips and being paid the wages they deserved.
And we all know how Pret responded to their initiative. 3 out of those 5 employees don’t work for Pret anymore.
Pret A Manger, Stop union-busting! Treat your staff with respect and dignity!