There are lots of reasons I could offer for avoiding Lidl like the plague. The design of their logo, for example, or the way their shops make you feel like you’ve stepped into some sort of future/past hell where they only sell unrecognisable foodstuffs in a great concrete hall at slightly lower prices.
But the real reason you should boycott this company is the abysmal way it treats its employees. Labour rights for Lidl workers are practically non-existent and there are dozens of accounts of the firm’s frankly astounding abuses of workers. Things like:
- A culture of terror in many Lidl stores, which forces employees to do what they’re told or face loss of shifts
- Regular, unpaid overtime (resulting in sometimes absurdly unfair working hours)
- Intimidation and humiliation of women (including a special cap given to a menstruating woman)
- Pressure on workers to prevent them organising or joining trade unions
- A campaign of spying on employees during breaks
- Denial of sick pay by moving shifts when a worker is ill; invasive ‘checks’ at workers homes by management
Now, any one of those reasons should be enough for anyone interested in solidarity or workers’ rights to stop shopping at Lidl. I’d add that from what I’ve seen, the majority of their products are of very low quality and are generally of the processed variety. If you value your own well being and that of your fellow workers, shop somewhere which sells locally-sourced, quality food. It may cost a little more but food is so important that spending a little more in exchange for much better quality makes complete sense.
Look after yourself and your fellow worker: avoid Lidl and eat healthy, natural food.
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