Low pay at Premier Inn highlighted as workers protest during living wage week
- Tuesday 12 November 2019
Hotel workers will mark living wage week by holding demonstrations tomorrow (Wednesday 13 November) outside of two London branches of Premier Inn to protest at the poverty wages the hotel chain pays its staff.
Despite being the country’s largest hotel chain, with an operating profit of £498m in 2018, most Premier Inn staff are paid the minimum wage of just £8.21 an hour.
WHERE: Premier Inn Holborn, WC1R 4PS, and Premier Inn Islington, N1 OPS
WHEN: Both protests will take place on Wednesday 13 November at 13:00
This week more than 180,000 people working for the 5,000 employers who have signed up to the voluntary real living wage scheme received a pay boost, after hourly rates were increased by 20 pence in London to £10.75 and by 30 pence to £9.30 across the rest of the UK.
Premier Inn workers, including housekeeping and bar, restaurant and front desk staff, did not receive a pay rise however, because the company refuses to sign up to the real living wage scheme.
Unite is campaigning for better treatment of workers at Premier Inn’s 760 hotels and for the hotel chain to recognise Unite and allow workers access to a trade union.
Unite has launched a petition calling on Premier Inn’s owner, Whitbread to clean up its act: https://campaign.goingtowork.org.uk/petitions/premier-inn-clean-up-your-act
Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s demonstrations, Unite national officer for hospitality Dave Turnbull said: “We’re calling time on low pay. Workers in Britain’s hospitality sectors are poorly paid, overworked and undervalued. It’s time for this to change.
“This is especially true of Premier Inn’s, which is subject to a long running campaign by Unite highlighting poverty pay and exploitative working practices.
“Our message to Premier Inn senior management is simple; stop dragging your feet and pay your staff a real living wage. Premier Inn ought to be an industry leader, instead it is a follower of the very worst ‘race to the bottom’ practices.”
Notes to editors:
- Unite says Premier Inn more like a ‘sweat shop’ than family friendly hotel: https://unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2018/february/unite-says-premier-inn-more-like-a-sweat-shop-than-family-friendly-hotel/
For more information please contact Unite communications officer Ryan Fletcher on 07967 665869. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.