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London borough will ensure all contracted staff are paid London Living Wage

KENSINGTON and Chelsea Council’s decision to ensure all contracted staff in the borough are paid the London Living Wage was welcomed by the GMB union today.

The £10.20-an-hour minimum rate was adopted at a council meeting on Wednesday after five years of work by the Labour councillors who tabled the motion.

GMB regional officer Shaun Graham said the policy will see staff working for the council on tendered contracts paid the same as those who are directly employed.  

“This decision is to be applauded and will have a big effect on many GMB members,” he said.

“At the moment, some skilled workers can earn less than non-skilled workers, sometimes well below the London Living Wage.”

Employees of contractor NSL in the borough recently voted for strike action to press their demand for the London Living Wage following some difficult negotiations on pay.  

Mr Graham said it was “imperative" for the uplift in pay to be maintained.

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