Olympics Living Wage

MQT on 2007-02-21
Session date: 
February 21, 2007
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What was your reaction to the revelation that security guards on the Olympics site are already being paid less than the London living wage, despite previous commitments to the contrary? What will the Olympic Delivery Authority now do differently to ensure that all workers on the site are paid at least a London Living Wage?


Answer for Olympics Living Wage

Answer for Olympics Living Wage

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have checked and been informed that no-one employed by the ODA main contractors are currently being paid less than the London Living Wage. David Higgins, Chief Executive of the ODA, stated recently that although London Living Wage cannot be made a blanket condition of every contract, the ODA supports London Living Wage for those tenders within London's boundary. The ODA will make clear in the invitation to tender for contracts that it wants to see contractors adopting the best employment practices including trade union recognition, absolute commitment to health and safety and sufficient wage levels. These factors will be considered when the ODA decides which contracts offer best value for money.