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
Isla Horton got angry when a change to the pricing system at leisure centres in Cardiff threatened her daughter's opportunities to do the activities she loved. Her local church is part of the Llandaff Area Deanery, a member institution of Citizens Cymru Wales. Here Isla tells the story of her campaign for affordable leisure for her children and thousands of others in the capital, and how community organising helped her get around the table to negotiate with decision-makers.
Photo: Lily Horton outside Western Leisure Centre, ElyRead 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
‘A Place to Pee’ – Improving Public Toilet Provision in Pontypridd
Rev Peter Lewis, Pontypridd Area Deanery
This campaign came from my experience as a street pastor in Pontypridd town centre and seeing the problems caused during the night times at weekends when people have nowhere to go when they need to go! There are problems in terms of the welfare and security of people, and particularly for women. There is pollution and degradation of the environment, and there is pain and frustration for people in not being able to find anywhere to go.
Photo - Jeff and members of the team at the airport to welcome a family from Syria
Welcoming a new family through Community Sponsorship
Jeff Britten, Croeso Hwlffordd
Croeso Hwlffordd came about as a result of me meeting people involved in community sponsorship in Narberth and Fishguard. I felt ashamed that there was nothing happening in Haverfordwest, the much bigger county town, and I saw that community sponsorship was a practical way for us to do something to respond to the suffering of people in Syria.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.