Campaigner for BHS staff
Published on 4 June, 2016
A Church employee who used to work for British Home Stores is leading a high profile campaign to "achieve justice" for staff and pensioners affected by the collapse of the company.
The retail store went into liquidation on Thursday with the potential loss of 11,000 jobs.
Lin Macmillan, Secretary of the Church's Housing and Loan fund, who worked as a manager for BHS during the 1980s, has appeared on TV and radio across the UK to highlight her cause.
She has created a petition "Sell the Yachts and Pay the Pensions" to increase the pressure on the former BHS owner, Sir Philip Green, who sold the company for a pound last year while leaving a pension deficit of £571m.
Miss Macmillan who works at Central Church Offices in Edinburgh said: "The reason I set up the campaign in the first place is that I believe the Green family have a moral and ethical responsibility to bail out the pension fund, which is estimated to have a deficit of £571m. During the years that they owned BHS (2000 to 2015), they are believed to have taken around £600m out of the company in dividends, rents etc
"Green is known for his lavish lifestyle, living in Monaco , staying at the Dorchester when he comes to London and holding extravagant parties to celebrate his big birthdays. Contrast that with the lifestyle of a full time BHS employee on an average salary of around £15k a year.
"Green has said he is 'saddened and disappointed' by the collapse of BHS. If he truly is, then he should show some real concern for the staff who worked for him for 15 years and bail out the pension fund. He has 3 yachts. You can only be on one yacht at once! "
Miss Macmillan who worked in BHS stores in Aberdeen and Lincoln has also urged people to write to Frank Field and Iain Wright, who chair the House of Commons Select Committee, which will question Sir Philip Green on his conduct both before and after he sold the business on to Retail Acquisitions last year.