A number of prominent real Living Wage Employers including Burberry, Aviva, Nationwide, Heathrow Airport and Barclays have joined together to urge other businesses to join the movement and pay the real Living Wage. This letter (below) has featured in both the Independent and Evening Standard letters section.
"Forecasting can be difficult for companies in times of political and economic instability. But it's the lowest paid workers in our society that feel the effects of uncertainty the hardest and, as responsible employers, we must commit to ensuring our employees have the financial and economic stability they need to live.
That's why we're proud to be part of a movement of Living Wage employers that go beyond the government's minimum and pay the real Living Wage. It is an independently calculated rate that ensures workers can meet the cost of living and earn enough to support themselves and their families.
There are nearly 6,000 accredited Living Wage employers across the country who have made this commitment, ranging from household names and FTSE companies to thousands of SMEs.
No one in work should be struggling to make ends meet, but without a real Living Wage that can be the reality for many. That's why today we're calling on all businesses to step up and join our movement."
Stuart Wright, Chair of the Living Wage Foundation and Properties & Facilities Director at Aviva
Kim Healey, People Director, Everton Football Club
Julie Abraham, CEO, Richer Sounds
Gideon Moore, Firmwide Managing Partner, Linklaters LLP
Paula Stannett, Chief People Officer at Heathrow Airport
Erica Bourne, Chief People Officer at Burberry
Alison Brown, Executive Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Laura Faulkner, Nationwide Building Society's Director of Supply Chain Management
Tom Stables, Managing Director, National Express UK and Germany
James Watt, CEO and Founder at Brewdog
Alex Lowen, Group General Manager of Human Resource at HSBC
Tara Mansfield, Head of People at Monzo
Peter Jelkeby, Country Retail Manager and Chief Sustainability Officer at IKEA