London Living Wage in the Premier League (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-09-12
Session date: 
September 12, 2019
Reference: 
2019/17592
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Can you update me on your progress with encouraging Premier League London clubs to pay the London Living Wage?

Answer

London Living Wage in the Premier League (1)

London Living Wage in the Premier League (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am pleased that as of the start of the season, Crystal Palace FC became the third of London’s five current Premier League clubs to gain accreditation, following a meeting I held with the club chairman at which he agreed to do so. They follow West Ham United who gained accreditation last year, and Chelsea.  

Premier League football clubs have a key role as ‘anchor institutions’ within their communities and across London as a whole, and I believe they have a duty to lead the way and pay all of their staff the London Living Wage. It cannot be right that in sporting organisations in which top professionals earn millions of pounds a year, there may be staff getting paid less than they need to afford a decent standard of living. I urge both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to do the right thing and work with the Living Wage Foundation to secure accreditation.