This Living Wage Week (30th October to 5th November) Lewisham Labour is calling on local employers to commit to fair pay.
The Living Wage is the amount that employees need to have a decent standard of living and to live free from poverty. Set by the Living Wage Foundation, it is £9.40 an hour in London, well above the minimum wage and the Government's so-called National Living Wage.
In 2012 Lewisham was the first council in the country to become an accredited Living Wage employer. But we want to do more to encourage local employers to follow our lead.
In April, we introduced a business rate discount for employers who get accredited with the Living Wage Foundation. Since we announced the scheme, the number of Living Wage employers in Lewisham has trebled, including Goldsmiths, University of London, one of the biggest employers in the borough. This Living Wage Week, Lewisham Labour will be encouraging even more local employers to do so. We will be;
- Writing to 50 of the largest employers in Lewisham to ask them to go Living Wage
- Holding a business breakfast to thank all the Living Wage employers in Lewisham
- Councillors will be speaking to local employers to encourage them to take up the offer
Cllr Joe Dromey, Cabinet Member for Policy and Performance said; 'In-work poverty has soared under this government. One in four people in work in Lewisham earns below the Living Wage. That's just not acceptable.
‘We are determined to tackle low pay and to support responsible employers who do the right thing. I'm delighted that since we introduced this innovative policy, we've managed to triple the number of accredited employers in Lewisham. But we need to go much further still. So this Living Wage Week we are calling on more employers in Lewisham to follow our lead and adopt the Living Wage.'
Cllr Brenda Dacres, said; 'Many who work in Lewisham live in Lewisham, and to have more businesses paying the living wage of £9.40 an hour will help so many who are struggling to help ends meet, while working so hard under this Conservative government. Thank you to all Lewisham Businesses who are paying the true Living Wage. We know that there are many more responsible businesses in Lewisham who what to do the right things and I hope this Living Wage Week encourages them to join.'
Mayor Steve Bullock, said;"It is shocking that in London today it is possible to have a full time job and still be in poverty. Paying the London Living Wage is one way of overcoming this and I want to thank all those local businesses and organisations who have joined Lewisham Council in becoming Living Wage employers."