Monday, 21 July 2008

All London workers deserve a living wage

News Release
Darren Johnson
London Assembly Green Party Member

All London workers deserve a living wage

On the eve of a strike by the RMT in support of efforts to secure a living wage for London underground cleaners, Darren Johnson, Green Party London Assembly Member, has called on London's Mayor to lobby Tubelines, the employer, to follow Transport for LondonĂ¢€™s lead and pay cleaners of its section of the network at least £7.45 an hour.

Darren Johnson said:
"I fully support the action of the RMT in support of underpaid tube cleaners. Paying poverty wages to workers who provide an important public service is unacceptable. Since taking over the work of failed Tube contractor Metronet, Transport for London has proven that it is possible to pay everyone working on the underground a living wage.

Tubelines, and all London employers, should recognise the cost of living and working in the capital by ensuring that everyone who works for them is paid at least the London living wage of £7.45 an hour."

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