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Date: Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 10:43 am (UTC)
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That tax case demonstrates that allowing trials where only one side gets to put a case, for whatever reason or purpose, is always unjust.

Date: Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 11:00 am (UTC)
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Probably the worst thing in that article is tucked away at the bottom with the 1% contributory pension scheme. Assuming anyone manages to work at Starbucks for long enough to qualify... 1%? What's the point? We've just switched pension providers here so this stuff is somewhat on my mind, but I get (a very generous, don't get me wrong) 10% which is still enough to net me slightly less than bog all when I get to pensionable age. And I suspect my salary is already somewhat higher than most of the people we're talking about here.

I feel really bad now about the peppermint hot chocolate I had the other day.

The really disgusting thing is that I happen to know that Starbucks is a particularly cushy place to work if you're on the corporate side, even if you're just a data entry temp. It's only the frontline staff in shops who will be getting shafted here.

Date: Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 11:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rmc28
Starbucks are really not winning me back to being a customer.

Date: Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
drunkwriter: Me in South Park form. (Default)
From: [personal profile] drunkwriter
Nor me, apart from the basic tastiness of the peppermint hot chocolate. I suspect that their behaviour towards staff is broadly in line with the industry standard, though, it's just a bit more glaring in light of their tax practices.

Date: Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] bagpuss
It would be interesting to know if there is any correlation with good employment practice and "moral" tax practices (moral of course being a very loaded term)

Date: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 09:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drunkwriter
"good" employment practice is also a pretty loaded term. I once worked for one of the most benefit-laden publishers in the business, and it was the most miserable six months of my career.

Date: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 09:30 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] bagpuss
True, nice benefits doesn't always make for a nice employer but I guess nice benefits and a crappy employer is better than crappy benefits and a crappy employer but these things are never quite so cut and dry

I always thank my lucky stars that I work for a good employer, with good benefits and a decent rate of pay, makes me better off than a lot of people

edit: I guess employee benefits is one of the things which are considered though when the "best" places of work are ranked
Edited Date: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 09:30 am (UTC)

Date: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 09:22 am (UTC)
drunkwriter: Me in South Park form. (Default)
From: [personal profile] drunkwriter
The poor student who handed me yesterday's lunch in Pret said more or less the same thing.

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