02 May 2011

Ken pledges to raise incomes of London's poorest workers

Labour's candidate for Mayor of London  Ken Livingstone has pledged to boost the incomes of London'e poorest workers if he is elected in May 2012.

Ken introduced the London Living Wage in 2005, fulfilling a manifesto promise.

If elected Mayor in 2012 Ken will:∙
1. Make the living wage a condition of procurement, employment and services provided by the Greater London Authority (GLA) group.
2. Reinforce the Living Wage unit within the GLA so that it can provide aid in areas such as the law to unions and other groups campaigning for the Living Wage.
3. Work with the boroughs to adopt it and launch a Living Wage Charter, giving full support to and working with the London Citizens campaign to get private employers to adopt the Charter.
4. Encourage trade union membership in order to fight for it, and a fair deal for London’s workers generally.
5. Launch a campaign for Londoners and visitors to give cash tips to London’s 300,000 restaurant and catering staff, to stop the practice of tips being used to top up wages to reach the minimum wage.

Ken comented
“Contrary to many of the predictions when I introduced the first ever London Living Wage many of the biggest employers in the capital have adopted the measure. We have proved the London Living Wage does not just make economic sense but it is morally right."

he went on “We cannot accept the huge divisions of wealth and opportunity in the capital and the damage that this causes to the life chances and quality of life for so many Londoners. Our goal must be that no Londoner works for anything less than the London Living Wage and that means building on the progress we have made since 2005."

He called for the current Mayor to take the initiative saying "It is time for the Mayor to lead by example and make the London Living Wage a condition of procurement, employment and services provided by the GLA group. This would bring fair pay to tens of thousands of Londoners and would send a clear message to employers in the public and private sector that fair wages are good for everyone.”

Read more about the campaign at www.kenlivingstone.com