Why are people boycotting IKEA? Campaign to boycott Swedish furniture store gather momentum online

The Swedish furniture and furnishings giant has opened more than 420 stores in over 50 countries since it was founded in 1943 by the then 17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad.

Not a Scandinavian word as many think, IKEA is actually an acronym made up of the initials of Ingvar Kamprad, the initials of Elmtaryd, the family farm where he was born and the nearby village of Agunnaryd where he grew up, composed.

Since the beginning of the company on Kamprad’s uncle’s kitchen table, the huge business has dominated the sale of home furniture and decoration, and the move into the kitchen has also been very successful.

IKEA has been in the UK since 1987 when the chain opened an outlet in Gemini Retail Park in Warrington.

In 2019, IKEA had sales of € 41.3 billion and is now by far the most popular travel destination in the UK for shoppers looking to upgrade their home.

However, some threatened to boycott the store and reacted with outrage when the Swedish supermarket chain announced plans to cut sick pay.

Why are people boycotting IKEA?

A vocal minority on social media is threatening to boycott IKEA because the retailer says it will pay unvaccinated self-isolating workers £ 96.35 a week, instead of the average £ 400 a worker in the shop floor.

IKEA employs over 10,000 in the UK and has promised to listen to extenuating circumstances for those who are not stung.

Some believe this is a violation of civil liberties, while others see it as a positive step to encourage the Covid-19 unvaccinated to protect themselves.

In countries around the world, companies have insisted that employees get vaccinated, pay monthly fines, or face dismissal. United Airlines, Google and one of the largest banking groups in the world, Citigroup, have laid off all employees for their anti-Vax stance.

For vaccination mandates in New York, the National Guard stepped in because of a lack of staff.

UK healthcare workers have had to be stung since November 2021.

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron promised on the other side of the channel to “p * ss off” the unvaccinated people who were not medically exempted.

For companies wanting to take a tough stance on those who refuse to be stung, there is a problem.

UK labor law protects against discrimination and gives employees more protection than the US.


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