TNT Post

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3205
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Earlier this year you welcomed the TNT Post's expansion in London despite the company's use of flexible contracts and paying less than the London Living Wage. Have you approached TNT Post about becoming an accredited Living Wage employer?

Answer

Answer for TNT Post

Answer for TNT Post

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Yes, I have indeed written to TNT about this and thank you for bringing this matter to my attention.  I hope that they will become a Living Wage employer and we will be working on that. 

Murad Qureshi AM:  Thank you, Mr Mayor, for informing us that you have actually written to TNT Post.  It is just that given what you have said about the London Living Wage - that it is a vital tool in reducing poverty pay in London and indeed is part of your 2020 Vision - you pledged to make the London Living Wage the norm in London.  It is currently at £8.80 per hour.  You do need to explain why you gave them publicity when they are not as such yet an accredited Living Wage employer. 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  They have done some good stuff.  They have been expanding in London and some jobs are better than no jobs.  We have to be very clear.  The way to succeed with the London Living Wage is not to be hysterically nasty to firms that do not do it; but to exult and praise those that do it, and that has been successful.  We have doubled the number of firms taking it last year alone and the scheme continues to snowball.  I pay tribute to the work of Deputy Mayor Malthouse, who continues to toil away.  Recent accreditations include Nationwide, Aviva, Independent Television (ITV), the British Bankers’ Association, Anglo American plc, the British Medical Association (BMA), Nestlé, which is phasing it in for London, Clear Channel UK and Amnesty International.  I would love all boroughs to be there.  I would love all Government departments to be there.  It is taking time, but it is taking off. 

Murad Qureshi AM:  Mr Mayor, you gave the figures earlier to Jenny Jones, and I worked that out to be only 7% of the total number of businesses in London.  Some would suggest your policy with the London Living Wage is that you want to be seen to be acting, as such, because you still refuse to share with the Assembly your correspondence that you actually have when you pursue this matter. 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I can tell you we do a huge amount of correspondence, but I do not see any particular reason why private correspondence between me and people I hope will take up the London Living Wage should be necessarily shown.  This is something that they will often have difficulty with their shareholders.  It will be a key strategic decision.  They can make the case to their shareholders.  They will do very well if they go ahead and do it, but we are having a lot of success with the strategy that we are pursuing. 

Murad Qureshi AM:  I will take that as a no and just remind you that the wage levels ‑‑ 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  No to what? 

Murad Qureshi AM:  ‑‑ that they are offering at the moment are £2 below the London Living Wage that you advocate.