A gaggle of Metropolis traders with belongings price greater than £180bn has written to listed companies together with Vodafone, Balfour Beatty and Severn Trent urging them to pay all staff a residing wage.
The chief executives of the utilities companies Severn Trent and United Utilities, homeware retailer Dunelm Group and telecoms agency Vodafone have acquired letters saying that paying the residing wage to all employees and key contractors is the hallmark of a accountable enterprise.
Signatories to the letters, coordinated by the Share Motion marketing campaign group, embrace the Strathclyde Pension Fund, which is run by Glasgow metropolis council, Hermes Funding Administration and Nest, the state-backed office pension scheme.
The traders have additionally focused development companies, that are “notably weak to precarious work and low pay”, Share Motion stated. Together with Balfour Beatty, the chief executives of Bellway, Bovis Properties and Crest Nicholson have acquired the letters.
Solely 37 of the companies within the FTSE 100 live wage-accredited employers, whereas the variety of Britons incomes lower than the residing wage has risen to round 6 million folks, based on the Dwelling Wage Basis, which units the voluntary pay benchmark.
The residing wage of £9 an hour – or £10.55 in London – is greater than the £7.83 nationwide residing wage, the authorized minimal set by the federal government for staff aged 25 and over. The nationwide residing wage is because of rise to £8.21 in April.
Tess Lanning, the director of the Dwelling Wage Basis, stated: “These are a number of the UK’s most profitable companies and but many are paying their safety and cleansing employees too little to reside on.”
Severn Trent and Crest Nicholson stated they pay the residing wage to direct staff who aren’t on a coaching fee. United Utilities stated it paid the residing wage to all staff and was in dialogue with the Dwelling Wage Basis. Dunelm stated it paid staff aggressive charges, that are benchmarked towards the broader trade.