Demands to make living wage mandatory
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The living wage must be made mandatory in London to end poverty in the capital, a member of the London Assembly has said.
Responding to the Living Wage Commission, Green Party member Jenny Jones has called for the hourly rate of £8.80, deemed the minimum to sustain a decent standard of life, to be enforced in the city - starting with the public sector and big businesses.
According to Jones, after six years of promoting the voluntary approach mayor Boris Johnson has failed to sign the majority of the public sector in London up to the living wage, and only 3% of big businesses are living wage employers.
Jenny Jones said: “The living wage campaign has been a stunning success, but now it is time for the mayor to ensure everyone in London is paid a wage they can build a life on. His voluntary approach is only reaching a tiny number of employers, so he should join me in calling for big businesses and government departments to be required to pay a living wage.
“Paying everyone a living wage would slash the benefit bill, freeing up billions over the next few years for the mayor to invest in job creation schemes like housing and renewables. This could help to offset any extra unemployment created.”