LONDON CITY AIRPORT BECOMES LIVING WAGE ACCREDITED
London City Airport has been officially accredited as a Living Wage Employer and has committed to extend the London Living Wage to key suppliers and contractors by July 2019.
The airport already provides all its 650 directly employed staff in excess of the London Living Wage.
The commitment means that around 100 additional staff at the airport working for companies like security services provider, Mitie, and contracted cleaners, GSF Cleaning Service, will, from this summer, receive a minimum hourly wage of £10.55.
Going forward the airport will also advocate the London Living Wage to the other on-site businesses and its supply chain – new and existing – creating a Living Wage Forum to do this and factoring it into new contract negotiations.
The airport has already ensured that no one working on its campus is on a so-called ‘zero hours’ contract.
The roll-out is part of a continued effort by London City Airport (LCY), one of Newham’s largest employers, to contribute meaningfully to its local communities.
Some 64% of the airport’s workforce live within five miles of the airport from its location in the heart of London’s Royal Docks.
Substantial progress has been made across London, most recently with the City of London Corporation campaigning to encourage more financial and professional services to sign up.
In the airport’s home borough of Newham there are 13 other companies out of more than 1,000 businesses accredited as London Living Wage employers.
The Mayor of Newham wrote to businesses in December 2018 to encourage more employers to pay the London Living Wage.
Today, he said: “I congratulate London City Airport on their London Living Wage accreditation.
“The London Living Wage is aimed at paying workers a fair wage to give the poorest in our society a chance to earn a proper and decent living. Continuing to offer low pay in both the public and private sectors is damaging to our residents.”
LCY’s chief people officer, Michael Spiers, said: “These commitments by London City Airport to the London Living Wage offer clear substance to our values as a business, to be more inclusive and serve the communities that surround us.
“London City Airport will be a champion for the London Living Wage across the East London business community as well as our current and potential supply chain as we take forward our £500 million transformation of the airport.”