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London Stadium becomes latest employer to offer London Living Wage

PUBLISHED: 16:02 06 November 2018

The London Stadium employs up to 2,500 people on match days, all of whom will now receive the London Living Wage. Picture: Ken Mears

The London Stadium employs up to 2,500 people on match days, all of whom will now receive the London Living Wage. Picture: Ken Mears

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The London Stadium has become the latest employer to offer the London Living Wage.

During an announcement on Monday that the LLW is set to rise, London mayor Sadiq Khan revealed that the former Olympic Stadium is the most recent LLW-accredited employer.

Employees, from cleaners to security staff, will get a pay rise in December, backdated to August. The wage will rise from £10.20 to £10.55 per hour, with more than 55,000 Londoners set to benefit.

Lyn Garner, chief executive of London Legacy Development Corporation, which runs the stadium, said: “We are very proud that the London Stadium is the largest venue to be living wage accredited in the UK and we very much hope that others will now follow suit.

“We are grateful to the Living Wage Foundation for working with us to tackle low pay and to achieve this important milestone.”

Since January 2017, an extra £94 million has been paid to workers, and in the last year, King’s College London, Shelter and law firm Freshfields have all become living wage accredited.

Speaking at the Barbican, Sadiq Khan said: “I am determined to make London a fairer and more equal city, so I’m proud to say that the London Stadium has joined more than businesses across the capital in becoming a living wage employer.

“Now I’m calling on all of our city’s employers in the public and private sectors to do the same.

“I’m calling on our most influential institutions, from our universities, local authorities, and airports, to our football clubs, theatres and galleries, to help lead the way.

“Paying the London Living Wage is not only the action of a responsible organisation, but a successful one too.”

The news was also welcomed by London Assembly Member for City and East, Unmesh Desai, who claimed it would be a “significant boost” to Newham.

“This will be a fantastic help to those in Newham struggling to get by,” he said.

“In London we feel the rising cost of living more acutely than anywhere else, particularly due to the extremely high cost of housing. We now need more local employers to sign up.”

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