Sadiq Khan has asked football bosses to pay the London Living Wage to staff

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has told Premier League football bosses in the city that they should ensure they pay the London Living Wage to their staff.

The chairmen and owners of Tottenham, Arsenal, Crystal Palace and West Ham have all received a letter asking them to move to the pay system, which was raised to £9.75 per hour last year.

Chelsea already pays employees the London Living Wage, alongside just over 1,000 other accredited businesses.

“London is the best city in the world, but it can’t be right that so many hard-working Londoners are struggling to make ends meet and keep up with the high cost of living,” Khan said.

“As the Mayor for all Londoners, I am determined we create a city of opportunity for everyone, and the London Living Wage is a crucial part of challenging low pay in the capital.

“My vision is to make London a Living Wage City and that is why I am calling on our great city’s Premier League clubs to join me in making that a reality.

“The likes of Arsenal, Spurs, West Ham and Crystal Palace are not only top football clubs, but leading employers in London. I’m calling on them to sign up and pay their staff the increased rate.

“It’s a ‘win-win’ situation: they can improve staff recruitment, retention and productivity, while helping me promote the London Living Wage across the city,” he added.

 

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