The Living Wage and LU Contracts

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Chief Executive of Interserve, a company that has won contracts to clean the Docklands Light Railway and Crossrail and has extended its work with the London Underground by two years, has stated that stations, toilets and shops will become grubbier as a result of the new "living wage".  At £7.20 this is far below the £9.15 London Living Wage. He is reported to have earned £1.8million last year.  How do you react to this? Will you write to him to encourage Interserve to pay the LLW as a minimum?


Answer for The Living Wage and LU Contracts

Answer for The Living Wage and LU Contracts

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am urging companies who provide subcontracted staff, such as security, cleaning and catering staff, to London businesses, to sign up to the Living Wage Foundation's 'Recognised Living Wage Service Provider' scheme. Service Provider companies who sign up as Recognised Living Wage Service Providers commit to paying their head office staff the Living Wage and always supplying a Living Wage bid alongside every market rate submittal to all of their prospective and current clients. In this way the Recognised Living Wage Service Providers scheme promotes the London Living Wage and makes it easier for companies to choose to pay subcontracted staff the London Living Wage.

Cleaners subcontracted from Interserve to work on the DLR, Crossrail and London Underground are paid the London Living Wage.