Next plc (styled as next) is a British multinational clothing, footwear and home products retailer, headquartered in Enderby, Leicestershire. It has around 700 stores, of which circa 500 are in the United Kingdom, and circa 200 across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Next is the largest clothing retailer by sales in the United Kingdom, having overtaken Marks & Spencer in early 2012 and 2014. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.
According to a piece written in 2015 by LOUISE ECCLES for DAILY MAIL: Retailer Next ‘bullied’ its workers into accepting a pay cut for working on Sundays and made those who refused redundant. The British giant said it would no longer pay staff more money to work on Sundays because that would be considered a ‘normal’ working day back then. Some staff took redundancy after refusing to accept the deal, while several others said to be undecided. But union GMB said its army of sales assistants and warehouse workers had been ‘threatened’ with their jobs and forced to accept the new terms – which will effectively see their pay cut by up to £1,000 a year.