12 November 2015, The Tablet

The low-pay fightback

by Annabel Miller

Westminster diocese has become an accredited Living Wage Employer. It is part of a trend that is seeing workers win wage rises with support from their local communities Working days for Lenin Escudero typically start at 4 a.m. when he cleans a newspaper office for two hours. He then heads to the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) at London University where he works until 4.30 p.m. He is married with three children, and says that this punishing regime is the only way he can “survive in this expensive city”.But at least now Escudero is being paid the London Living Wage of £9.40 an hour. He and the other Soas cleaners receive up to six months sick pay and 27 days holiday pay. The rate is voluntary and set by the Living Wage Foundation (the rate is £8.25 ou
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