A Living Wage Employer recognises the responsibility it has for all the people it employs (directly or indirectly) and makes sure they are paid a Living Wage with fair employment conditions.
This means making sure that all staff, including contracted support staff, are:
1. Paid at least the Living Wage
2. Eligible for at least 20 days paid holiday a year plus bank holidays.
3. Eligible for at least 10 days full sick pay per year.
4. Allowed free access to a trade union.
The Living Wage Employers:
Westway Development Trust
Greater London Authority
The Big Issue
Child Poverty Action Group
Queen Mary University of London
Stockton firm introduces living wage
A STOCKTON-BASED housing group claims to have become the first North-east business of its kind to adopt the “living wage”, designed to lift those in work off benefits.
Staff at North Star Housing Group will see their minimum wage of £5.52 per hour boosted by 13%, while contractors will be required to guarantee a living wage for all their employees as part of the tendering process.
The living wage was originally introduced by London Mayor Ken Livingstone to ensure Londoners were not paid at a rate that kept them in or near poverty. Since 2001 a limited number of high profile companies, including Barclays and PriceWaterhouse Coopers, have adopted the policy for all low-paid staff, including cleaners and security guards…
This past Tuesday, Dennis Nally, Chairman of PwC US, spoke at Penn State University. A catering cook who works for Aramark in PwC’s headquarter office came to Penn State to talk to him about the situation. She has been personally preparing his lunches for the last two years, and they had never met face-to-face until Tuesday. She explained that she and her co-workers have been asking Aramark, since November, to remain neutral during a fair process to decide about union representation. She said that Aramark has responded by threatening and intimidating workers, and that many of her co-workers are afraid of losing her jobs. Because the situation has become critical, she asked Mr. Nally to use his power as the client to intervene on behalf of the workers.
Mr. Nally responded that PwC has been “dialoguing” with Aramark about the situation, and that he would certainly mention the conversation he had with her once he returns to the New York office. He said also that he is concerned about the situation, just as much as he would be if these were PricewaterhouseCoopers employees.
After the event, the Dean of Smeal Business College actually asked him about Aramark and the labor problems it’s bringing to the firm. I am trying to obtain the video and will post it as soon as it becomes available.
So PwC, are you really a Global Firm?
Act like one and be consistent in your approaches to contracted employees. Step up and let your client, Goldman Sachs know that they are embarrassing you by not encouraging Aramark management to negotiate in good faith. Stop allowing Aramark to perpetuate a two-tier wage and benefits program amongst their various Aramark sites in the New York metro area.