Photo credit: Living Wage accredited employer Clean for Good.
Citizens UK is celebrating brave cleaners and security staff on International Justice Day for Cleaners and Security Guards, which takes place on June 15 every year.Read more
Tabitha is a care worker and Citizens UK leader - and one of the many key workers helping to keep the country running during the Covid-19 crisis. Like 500,000 other care sector staff in the UK, she works below the Living Wage. This is why she is launching a campaign today with Citizens UK to get key workers a real Living Wage.
I feel like a Roman Gladiator going into the ring on a night shift. Everyone is clapping you, but you're pitting yourself against a deadly disease without the proper pay and protection.
That’s why I’ve launched this petition to ask Matt Hancock MP to properly fund social care, with the £1.4 billion needed to ensure hundreds of thousands of staff like me can receive the real Living Wage.Read more
And here's how you can give thanks and show solidarity with our nation's heroes.
Despite the huge contribution key workers are making right now, we also know that over 1 million key workers are not receiving a real Living Wage.
We want to thank key workers, including delivery drivers, care workers, supermarket assistants, cleaners, the NHS and many many more, who are doing an incredible job at keeping our country going during the Coronavirus crisis.
As part of our campaign for a real Living Wage for our key worker heroes, we have created printable posters and colouring sheets to put up in your windows, schools and work places so you can show your solidarity.
The Covid-19 crisis has shone a spotlight on the issue of low pay and the injustice many people face on work and wages in this country. People have suddenly found that delivery drivers, the supermarket assistant and the hospital cleaner are foundational to their lives and wider society, as they take great personal risks to keep the economy going.
We think the UK needs to rethink who we value and how. Some of the workers we have left to languish in low-paid and insecure jobs are the very ones we cannot live without. It's time to make amends.
We think these fantastic key workers keeping our country running, like carers, supermarket workers, couriers, and hospital cleaners deserve better. They should be paid a real Living Wage.
Big employers - particularly those who stand to benefit, can do their bit by accrediting with the Living Wage Foundation and ensuring all workers get the real Living Wage of £9.30 an hour UK wide and £10.75 in London.
We hope this crisis will bring out the best in Britain in solidarity, cooperation and care for our communities. We encourage all to share our values of fairness, dignity and a wage fit to live on to sign up here and join the campaign as it develops further out of this crisis.
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During Covid-19 a sad and shocking story has been the number of workers vital to our economy losing their jobs or hours - or finding they are going to work and facing a health risk despite being paid wages so low they don't meet the real cost of Living.
We think these fantastic key workers keeping our country running, like carers, supermarket workers, couriers, and hospital cleaners deserve better. They are the foundations of our economy and society - and should be paid a real Living Wage.
Launched by Citizens UK in 2001, the Living Wage campaign has won nearly £1 billion of additional wages, lifting over 200,000 people out of working poverty.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate, calculated according to cost of living in the UK. The UK Living Wage is currently £9.30 per hour. The London Living Wage is currently £10.75 per hour. Over 6,000 employers accredit with the Living Wage Foundation and pay this hourly rate, in line with the real cost of Living. But our largest supermarkets, care home chains and courier services are not amongst their number.
Sign up below to back our campaign ask that big employers step up and pay our workers a real Living Wage.Sign up
Citizens Action Wins Big Pay Rise for Cardiff Airport Workers... But Not Until 2020. We Don't Want Jam Tomorrow: We Want the Real Living Wage Today!
'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.Read more
Cardiff Citizens Hit the Headlines with Living Wage Action at Cardiff City Football Club
by Jonathan Cox
Photo: Ali Abdi and Richard Weaver (now Community Organisers with Citizens Cymru Wales) were both involved as leaders in the original Cardiff City FC Living Wage campaign in 2015.
We were all delighted to see Cardiff City get promoted to the Premier League. We all know that football players earn high wages, and that winning promotion is a huge deal for the Club (who could benefit to the tune of £170 million), but what about the stewards and hospitality staff who make each matchday run smoothly - would they benefit from the Club's financial success? There are growing number of accredited Living Wage football clubs in the Premier League - Cardiff are joining the footballing elite, but would they join an elite group of clubs (including Everton, West Ham and Chelsea) committed to the Living Wage? A team from Cardiff Citizens weren't prepared to leave it to chance...Read more
Supporters of a campaign initiated by security workers at Cardiff Airport held a protest today calling for the airport to become an accredited Living Wage employer - and ensure that all airport workers are lifted out of poverty pay.
Last year, we announced the fantastic decision by Heathrow Airport to become the world’s first Living Wage airport, a decision taken by management that ensures the business is doing the right thing and its workers can live in dignity.
I wanted to tell you a bit about the story of how West London Citizens got there, after years of painstaking organising work, in the hope that others can take inspiration from this story in their own Living Wage organising.
In the summer of 2016 West London Citizens (WLC) was campaigning to get Heathrow airport to sign up as a Living Wage employer. The campaign had already been running for two years but needed a boost.
West London Churches holding a living wage mass in support of workersRead more
Young people from the Wembley area have undertaken research to reveal shocking pay-gap their parents, some of whom work at the stadium, face and met outside the Stadium to sing Living Wage themed football chants [Watch video]
Campaigners are inviting the Minister for Sport and fans to support call for Chairman Greg Clarke to put forward a plan to implement the real Living Wage at the FA’s next board meeting.
Over 2,000 workers are reported to receive below the London Living Wage of £10.20 an hour, with the majority as low as £7.50 an hour with those under 18 earning even less.