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Campaigners call for living wage for all West Ham United staff

PUBLISHED: 15:16 08 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:18 08 March 2017

Living Wage campaigners outside the London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in Monday's action over payment of the living wage by West Ham United.

Living Wage campaigners outside the London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in Monday's action over payment of the living wage by West Ham United.

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Campaigners have called for all staff at West Ham United to get a living wage.

Gathering outside the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park ground, campaigners from The East London Citizens Organisation (TELCO) delivered a letter calling on West Ham and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), responsible for development at the 560 acre site, to pay all workers the London Living Wage of £9.75 per hour.

The action follows discussions with security staff and caterers at the ground by charity Citizens UK which claims some sub-contracted staff are paid an hourly rate of £7.50.

But according to the charity, West Ham claim pay rates are the responsibility of the LLDC, which owns the park.

Dr Tim Hall, a University of East London academic, said: “Either West Ham or the LLDC need to take responsibility and stop passing the buck. The reality is the East Londoners who work at the London Stadium are being paid a wage that doesn’t meet the cost of living.

“That is unacceptable for any Premier League club - particularly on the Olympic site that should be leaving a Living Wage legacy.”

At Monday’s event, a letter was handed to club and LLDC officials urging them to seek public recognition from the Living Wage Foundation, which recognises employers who pay the wage.

A spokesman for the club said: “All permanent full-time and part-time staff employed by West Ham United are paid equivalent to the London Living Wage.

“West Ham United are proud to have been paying our employees at the level of the London Living Wage since 1 June 2015, and are immensely proud of the fact we were one of the first clubs to do so.”

An LLDC spokesman added: “All permanently employed staff have always been paid at or above this rate.

“Some sub-contracted employees are paid below that level, but these contracts are already under review with the aim of ensuring all staff are paid the London living wage as soon as possible.”

Commenting on the pay issue, West Ham MP Lyn Brown said: “If we are truly to get the regeneration of East London the Olympics and Paralympics promised, then those working in the stadium and on the site, whoever pays their wages, should be able to expect the London Living Wage.”

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