Fulham FC marks its return to the English Premier League by announcing that it intends to accredit as a Living Wage employer, thus committing to pay all its staff - including security workers and cleaners - wages that meet the true cost of living.
Today Fulham FC chairman Shahid Khan announced his support for the Living Wage initiative. You can read his full statement here.
We congratulate Fulham FC. We hope that once accreditation has happened to formally celebrate them joining Chelsea and West Ham and Everton who already pay the real Living Wage and are accredited by the Living Wage Foundation.
As the transfer window closes and the new football season starts next month, Citizens UK members and leaders will continue to call on more football clubs to join the Living Wage movement in recognition of the fact that all workers should earn wages that they can live on, especially when they work for clubs that can afford to pay millions on their star players.
Michael Pugh, Living Wage campaigner with Citizens UK said:
“It’s great to see newly promoted Fulham FC commit to paying the London Living Wage, we look forward to them accrediting with the Living Wage Foundation. This will ensure workers and their families are paid a decent wage year on year that changes with the cost of living.
Premier League Clubs can follow Fulham’s good example, with some of the richest clubs in the world it’s only fair and right that clubs pay a real Living Wage that allows all staff to live in dignity and security.”
Tess Lanning, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said:
"It’s brilliant to see Fulham commit to paying the London Living Wage. We now look forward to having a conversation with Chairman Shahid Khan about accreditation, to ensure all workers at the club are paid a Living Wage that covers the cost of living.”