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Waterstones staffers agitate for wage increases

‘Waterstones’ much-celebrated return to profitability has been engineered by Daunt, but built on the labour of booksellers, much of it inadequately remunerated and unrecognised … Theirs is the tireless effort by which the company remains afloat, and to say—as Daunt has—that a stimulating job should be a reward in itself is not simply patronising, it is exploitative.’—Former Waterstones staffer Jim Taylor argues in the Guardian that wage increases for booksellers are long overdue. Waterstones managing director James Daunt responded to the recent criticism this week in the Bookseller.


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