United Kingdom - Living wage in London increased - May 19, 2011

From 2 May on the living wage, as calculated by the Greater London Authority (GLA), is set at UKP 8.30 (€ 9.42) gross per hour, an increase by 5.7% from UKP 7.85. The amount is based on a cost-of-living calculation and is used by the GLA as a minimum pay rate for contractors. There are now 3,000 workers employed by companies with contracts with the GLA who are guaranteed the living wage. Other public institutions around London also apply the living wage in their countries, including most recently London Metropolitan University. On Friday 29 April, the PCS civil service union used the Royal Wedding and called for a living wage for cleaners at the Royal residences in London including Buckingham Palace. The union was posted outside the Palace gates with a giant ‘fair pay for royal cleaners’ card for members of the public to sign. PCS argued that the cleaners, employed by private contractors, just got UKP 6.45 an hour, slightly above the national minimum wage but below the living wage rate (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 November 2010).

English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/422;  http://www.epsu.org/cob/420  http://www.unison.org.uk/news/news_view.asp?did=6823  http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/news_and_events/news_centre/index.cfm ...

 

This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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