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Demo at Heathrow on Saturday as demand for living wage increases

HUNDREDS of Heathrow staff will hold a mass rally on Saturday to call for introduction of the living wage at the airport.

Heathrow’s workers are paid a pittance — less than the London living wage of £10.55 an hour recommended by the Living Wage Foundation.

General union GMB is staging the rally in support of a call for “a wage they can live on” and will include live music and dance.

GMB regional organiser Perry Phillips said: “GMB is demanding the London living wage for all Heathrow workers.

“We call on Heathrow to honour its commitments and ensure that not only directly employed staff, but also thousands of workers in the airport’s supply chain are paid a wage they can live on.

“Contractors at the airport are not signing up to Heathrow’s commitment, meaning workers and their families are still suffering as a result of being paid a poverty wage.

“Heathrow is thriving, but that success is built on the back of thousands of workers who keep the airport clean, safe and operational.

“They need to share in Heathrow’s success.”

Heathrow is the Britain’s busiest airport, staffed by 90,000 workers dealing with more than 80 million passengers a year.

It is owned by a private consortium, Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited, which includes the Qatar Investment Authority alongside companies based in Canada, the US and China.

The rally takes place from 10.30am to 2.30pm at Capital Place, 120 Bath Road, Heathrow.

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