Union says paying LW is a moral issue

Battersea Power StationConstruction workers at Battersea Power Station are to be paid the London Living Wage after a UCATT campaign.

UCATT regional secretary Jerry Swain said: “I am delighted with the agreement – it shows what can be achieved by working together. This commitment was been achieved following many months of the client and UCATT working together.

“The client has been very supportive of the London Living Wage, they along with ourselves recognise that a living wage as a minimum rate of pay is a key component to establishing a loyal and committed workforce”

The London Living Wage is currently £9.15 an hour this is significantly above the lowest rate of the Construction Industry Joint Council agreement (the largest in the industry) where labourers and general operatives are paid just £8.52 an hour.

Jerry Swain said: “This agreement is good news for London construction workers, especially those working on the site from the local community, who are now guaranteed being paid wages they can live on.

“We will continue to try and convince clients via various means that the London Living Wage is not just a moral issue but it also makes good business sense.”

 


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