THOUSANDS of people have signed a petition calling on BrewDog to reverse its decision to abandon the Real Living Wage.

We previously told how the Scottish brewer and pub brand had announced it was to stop paying the Real Living Wage to new employees.

It was a move which was widely condemned, with Unite Hospitality describing the decision as “outrageous”.

In a post on Twitter/X, Unite Hospitality said: “At 10am we launched a national petition via @MegaphoneUK calling on @BrewDog to reverse its decision to abandon the Real Living Wage.

The National:

“In the time it took for us to post about this, 3600 people have supported it. In 24 minutes. This is going to be massive.”

The update was posted to social media at 10.25am this morning and the petition now has more than 7000 signatures.

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It can be signed HERE and reads: “The Real Living Wage has been a cornerstone of BrewDog’s public entity since 2014. Scrapping the company’s pledge is a shocking blow for bar workers.

“BrewDog management and multimillionaire CEO James Watt (below) must reverse this awful decision and do the right thing by the workers who have made the company’s millions.”

The National: BrewDog boss James Watt pictured at the opening of the company's new pub in Waterloo station,

The National also revealed how the BrewDog boss took a luxurious island holiday with his celebrity girlfriend Georgia Toffolo shortly before the decision was announced. 

A BrewDog spokesperson previously said: “As a result of the changes we’re making – and despite unprecedented challenges in the hospitality sector – our staff outside London will be getting a 4.95% increase in base pay, and crew currently working in London will be paid 4.5% above the National Living Wage.

“We have always been fully committed to doing the best we can for our people, and our benefits package is far more generous than the industry average.

"Last year we gave over £350,000 to our bars team via our unique profit share programme.

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"Our team also benefits from a unique bonus scheme which sees all crew members receive an additional £1 an hour for the month for surpassing customer service standards.

"In addition, we offer signature benefits like 'pawternity' leave and paid sabbaticals after five years of service.

“We are proud to be one of the Sunday Times Best Places to Work, and we were named a Top UK Employer by the UK Top Employers Institute.”