09 November 2013, The Tablet

Support for the living wage

What unites the unlikely quartet of the Catholic Education Service, the Mayor of London, the management consultants KPMG and the trade union Unison? Answer – they all support the campaign for a living wage. In the middle of the annual Living Wage Week, Unison has agreed a policy that will mean all state Catholic schools in England and Wales pay at least the current Living Wage figure – £8.80 an hour in London, £7.65 elsewhere – to all their employees, direct and indirect. To ease the way, schools will have a step-by-step guide, leading to official accreditation as a Living Wage employer. In the same week, London’s Tory Mayor Boris Johnson declared himself – paradoxically – both a committed free marketeer and a Living Wage enthusiast. Labour
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