'Jammie Dodger' Action at Cardiff Airport Prompts Progress on the Real Living Wage
By Jonathan Cox
Lead Organiser, Citizens Cymru Wales
Photo: Rev Catherine Brobbey (Vale of Glamorgan Methodist Circuit) and Jess Maddocks offer packs of Jammie Dodgers to passengers entering Cardiff Airport.
***UPDATE - OCTOBER 2018 - CARDIFF AIRPORT INDICATES IT WILL ACCREDIT AS A REAL LIVING WAGE EMPLOYER (MEANING THAT ALL STAFF WILL RECEIVE £9 AN HOUR) BY APRIL 2019 - A YEAR AHEAD OF THE COMMITMENT GIVEN IN APRIL/MAY 2018***
Citizens Cymru Wales organised a Jammie Dodger-themed action at Cardiff Airport on May 1st 2018 to call on the Chief Executive, Deb Barber, to stop dodging the meeting she had promised local Citizens leaders before Christmas, to stop promising 'jam tomorrow', and instead deliver a Real Living Wage for Airport Workers by Living Wage Week in November 2018.
The Jammie Dodger Action prompted the Airport to issue a statement pledging to introduce the Real Living Wage for its workers by April 2020 (with an interim increase in April 2019). If this happens it could mean a pay rise of 12% for Security Workers based on the likely Real Living Wage figure in April 2020. We understand that Deb Barber has asked to meet with the Living Wage Foundation's Accreditation Partner in Wales, Cynnal Cymru, which is another positive development.
It is too early to start celebrating, especially as the Airport's workers will have received seven years worth of publicly-funded poverty pay before they finally get the Real Living Wage in April 2020. Another two years is too long to wait, so we need to keep the pressure on for the Airport to accredit by Living Wage Week in November this year. As Leanne Wood AM said when she raised our campaign at First Minister's Questions in the Senedd after the action, we need 'deeds, not warm words' from Cardiff Airport.