Hull City and the Living Wage – a petition

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In November Andrew Pope, Chair of Labour Friends of Football, wrote to all Premier League and Football League chairmen asking whether each would consider paying their staff at least the Living Wage.

Hull City AFC did not respond.

It is part of the remit of a supporters’ trust to encourage its club to act fairly and with financial responsibility. A Premier League club, with the millions it receives from tv rights alone (soon to be dramatically increased with the new deal), has no excuse in failing to treat its employees, or contracted staff, with respect.

The first club to commit paying the Living Wage as a minimum was League Two Luton Town in December:
“This applies to all contracted members of staff in all departments including football, retail, catering, maintenance and administration. The change to staff pay will be absorbed by the club and there will be no increases in ticket or retail prices as a result.”

HCST will press Hull City to follow suit. A national petition (below) is urging the PL clubs to pay the Living Wage. Please sign it and add your weight to the public demand that wealthy clubs pay their way.

Note: on 19 February the Football Supporters’ Federation announced it was the first national football body to sign up to pay the Living Wage.

 

38 Degrees Living Wage petition
Premier League football clubs have just got a ‘windfall’ that means they’ll receive £5.4 billion from TV deals. But whilst their top stars get millions, they’re still refusing to pay their ground staff a living wage! [1]

If enough of us get involved, we can change that. After a big public campaign, Chelsea FC has agreed to pay their lowest paid staff enough to cover basics like rent and food. [2] Big petitions to the bosses of the other clubs could force them to follow suit.

There’s one petition per Premier League club. You can pick any, whether it’s the club you support, or the one you live closest to and add your name to the petition:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/living-wage-football-petition

How can it be right that in an industry where top stars like Wayne Rooney make £300,000 a week, the people selling the tickets or preparing the pitch may be left struggling to pay the rent and put food on the table?
When an employer agrees to pay a living wage, it makes a huge difference to families struggling to get by. [3] And more and more employers are doing it – thanks to customers and employees working together to push for a fair deal for all staff.

Football is an industry of huge inequality. But it relies on the support of millions of ordinary people. So it’s a great opportunity to pile on the pressure and give low wages the red card – click below to add your name now:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/living-wage-football-petition
Thanks for being involved,

Nat, Bex, Susannah and the 38 Degrees team
PS. The Living Wage is £7.85 an hour in the UK and £9.15 in London – it’s calculated by working out the minimum needed to afford the basics in life such as rent, clothing and feeding your family. Sign the petition asking football clubs to pay fairly here: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/living-wage-football-petition
NOTES
[1] BBC Sport: Football rich list: Five things Deloitte’s money league told us:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/30915985
The Guardian: Richard Scudamore: It is not clubs’ responsibility to pay staff living wage
http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/feb/11/richard-scudamore-premier-league-responsibility-living-wage
[2] The Guardian: Chelsea to be first Premier League club to pay all staff living wage:
http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/dec/11/chelsea-england-living-wage
[3] Living Wage: What is the Living Wage?
http://www.livingwage.org.uk/what-living-wage

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