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Wider adoption of London Living Wage is welcome, but the battle against low pay has only really just started – Stephen Knight

November 5, 2014 12:50 PM

Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly business spokesperson, commenting on the announcement today that the London Living Wage will increase by four per cent, from £8.80 to £9.15 per hour, and that the number of accredited companies paying the London Living Wage has doubled over the past 12 months to exceed 400 companies or organisations in the capital, said:

"I welcome both the increase in the London Living Wage and its greater adoption.

"Its take up by MOPAC is especially long overdue.

"However we need to be honest that the battle against low pay has only really started.

"In reality even the minimum wage is not paid by some employers, including scandalously by many local councils up and down the country who outsource care services to companies that only pay care workers for the visits they make, and not the real hours they work."

"A cursory glance at some leisure centre websites also shows some jobs being advertised in London with pay rates well below the London Living Wage by leisure contractors who are employed by London boroughs that boldly claim to be signed up to the full adoption of the London Living Wage."

"No one can be complacent on this issue. We need to encourage far more organisations that paying the London Living Wage not only makes a huge difference to low paid workers, but it is also a great way to motivate staff and reduce staff turnover."

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  1. Information about the long record of many councils not paying the minimum wage to care workers:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/262269/131125_Social_Care_Evaluation_2013_ReportNov2013PDF.PDF

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29812310

  1. Information about leisure contractors, that work for London Boroughs, that do not pay the London Living Wage are can be seen at:

http://www.leisurejobs.com/employer-1121/

https://www.glljobs.org/default.aspx?page=search&module=jobs-userlist&mode=7&guid=ad1c604d-adcb-4374-b47f-476b845bedfd