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Mind the pay gap! Newham Citizens call on London City Airport to pay cleaners the London Living Wage

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On Wednesday 24 June members of The East London Community Organisers (TELCO), part of national community organising charity, Citizens UK, called on London City Airport to pay cleaners the London Living Wage. TELCO members will join University of East London students on the London Scholars civic engagement programme to persuade airport management to ensure that cleaners who are employed externally are paid the Living Wage, currently £9.15 per hour for London.

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Conflict Survivors Offer 300 Homes And Call On Cameron To Revive Tradition Of Sanctuary

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Elderly Jewish refugees and survivors of other conflicts today joined members of Citizens UK and Refugee Action to call upon David Cameron to revive the tradition of offering sanctuary in the UK to those who need it in response to the greatest refugee crisis since World War Two.

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Citizens Welcome Canaries' Support For Living Wage

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The Citizens UK Living Wage football campaign group is today welcoming the announcement from Norwich City FC that it will pay all directly employed staff at least the Living Wage, and will work towards accreditation as a Living Wage employer by the 2016-17 season, which will see the Living Wage hourly rate extended to contracted staff.

The move by the club returning to the Premier League for the 2015/16 season follows in the footsteps of champions, Chelsea FC, who last season became the only accredited Living Wage employer in the Premier League. The other accredited football clubs are Hearts of Midlothian, Luton Town and FC United Manchester.

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Success Stories in the Citizens UK Resettlement Campaign

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In June 2014, after seeing the crisis in Syria and Iraq in which almost 6 million people have been displaced, leaders from across Citizens UK were distraught. Only very few Syrian and Iraqi refugees had been brought to this country (by May 2015, only 187 Syrians have been resettled in the UK). Leaders wanted to do more. They knew if they organised themselves into strong, diverse teams and worked together, not only could they build successful local campaigns to get their Councils to commit to resettling refugees, but they could inspire people from across the UK to do the same. 

Here are a few of their stories. 

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Citizens UK and ShareAction AGM army action

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Today, two Citizens UK members working in partnership with ShareAction, attended the Next Plc. Annual General Meeting to ask the board questions about the Living Wage. ShareAction supports hundreds of shareholders to attend AGM's, creating an AGM army to ask questions about the Living Wage to some of the UK's biggest companies.

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Citizens UK Looks Forward to Working With the New Government

Citizens UK looks forward to working on the key issues in its People’s Manifesto with the new Government following the General Election results.

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Citizens UK General Election Accountability Assembly

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On Monday 4th May over 2,200 Citizens UK members, supporters and guests enjoyed an afternoon of political action at Methodist Central Hall, London.

The Citizens UK General Election Accountability Assembly provided a platform for Citizens UK members to reflect and thank the Coalition government for the commitments they delivered on over the past five years, which were raised at the 2010 Assembly with Cameron, Clegg and Brown; before raising issues with each of the parties live on stage from the Citizens UK People’s Manifesto 2015.

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People, Power and Politics in 2015

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Citizens UK, national community organising charity, and the organisation that created the Living Wage campaign, is today (Monday 4th May) hosting the largest assembly to date in its 25 year history ahead of the general election on Thursday. Over 2,200 voters, including 1,000 from marginal constituencies, will gather in Methodist Central Hall to put a series of questions from the Citizens UK People’s Manifesto to the three parties that make up the Government  (Conservative and  Liberal Democrat) and the official opposition (Labour).

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WHO SAYS YOUNG PEOPLE DON’T CARE ABOUT POLITICS? - LOCAL SIXTH FORMERS ORGANISE EVENT WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS TO ASK CANDIDATES FOR REASONS TO VOTE.

More than 100 sixth formers and community leaders will gather at the Nottingham Emmanuel School on Tuesday the 28th April for a first time voters lunch – asking Rushcliffe candidates why they should bother to vote and presenting key issues for young people to hear their responses.

The first time voters lunch with a difference will turn the traditional hustings on its head – instead of the normal crowd hearing set speeches from local candidates the room will be full of teenagers, vicars and students union leaders who all care deeply about the community in which they live and who want to bring about effective change.  They will be presenting local MP Ken Clarke and Labour candidate David Mellen with the challenge of convincing them why voting matters before the room decides if the argument was convincing and then working in groups with local community leaders before agreeing together the key issues they want to ask candidates about.

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Taxpayers Subsidise Big Business by an Estimated £11 billion a Year

The UK’s low pay culture is costing tax payers £11 billion per year according to research released by community organising charity, Citizens UK, today.

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With over 5.24 million people in the UK, 22% of all employees, earning less than the Living Wage, the Treasury is forced to step in and top-up incomes with in-work benefits, such as working tax credits, so that workers can afford a basic standard of living despite being in employment.

The research shows that in the case of some of the UK’s largest retailers, businesses are benefiting more from the Treasury in wage top-ups than they are paying in tax.

Tesco’s low pay culture is supplemented by the Treasury who had to top up their pay rates to the sum of £364 million in the last year, whilst pay for each low waged worker each year at the retail giant Next costs the taxpayer approximately £2,087.

Huge savings could be made to the public purse if companies paid a Living Wage to employees. If Tesco alone made the move tax payers could save £92 million a year.

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