London Met Uni officially accredited as Living Wage employer

Left to right: Robert Fisher,  Director of HR, John Raftery, VC, with Living Wage Foundation plaque, and Max Watson, UNISON Branch Secretary

Left to right: Robert Fisher, Director of HR, John Raftery, VC, with Living Wage Foundation plaque, and Max Watson, UNISON Branch Secretary

London Met Uni has officially been accredited as a Living Wage Employer by the Living Wage Foundation, thanks to UNISON’s persistence.

We have worked with both HR and the new VC to ensure this lasting legacy of Living Wage Employer accreditation is secured. Celebrating the news, Max Watson, UNISON Branch Secretary said:

“We are extremely proud that nobody suffers the indignity of poverty pay in our workplace because we are organised in UNISON. Accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation is a lasting commitment, which is an important legacy, so we welcome this pledge from the University.”

The New Vice Chancellor, John Raftery, announced the news on Tues 23rd September:

“Some months ago the University, with a lot of encouragement from the staff union UNISON adopted a policy of paying the London Living Wage.

“Following further work negotiating with our contractors, monitoring support from UNISON, and a formal application by HR I’m very proud to say that both London Met and London Met SU have become accredited as Living Wage Employers by the Living Wage Foundation.

Our commitment to paying the capital’s living wage puts a pressure on our budgets but it is important to us, it reflects our values, and the commitment extends to our contractor staff and our student workers.”

UNISON represents support staff at London Met Uni, including outsourced workers such as cleaners, security and catering staff:
http://www.londonmetunison.org.uk/

The Living Wage Foundation supports, recognises and celebrates the leadership shown by Living Wage Employers in the UK:
http://www.livingwage.org.uk/

 

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