Capita ‘missed opportunity’ in delaying introducing the Real Living Wage, says Unite
- Thursday 12 September 2019
Outsourcing giant Capita has ‘missed an opportunity’ in not paying the Real Living Wage until next April when employees need a pay lift now to offset no deal Brexit cost of living concerns, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Thursday 12 September 2019).
Unite was responding to Capita’s announcement today that almost 6,000 UK employees will be paid the Real Living Wage as a minimum from April 2020.
Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “We welcome Capita’s significant step on pay, however, we believe that the delay in its implementation until April 2020 is a missed opportunity.
“An immediate pay uplift that would have helped assuage worries about the impact of a hard Brexit on day-to-day cost of living that all low income families fear.
“These legitimate fears are compounded by the revelations in the government’s Operation Yellowhammer document that a no deal Brexit could see rises in food and fuel prices.
“We reiterate our call on all employers to implement the Real Living Wage, overseen by the Living Wage Foundation, which calculates the basic income needed to cover everyday necessities.
“More generally, Unite is strongly committed to negotiating a shift in how profits are distributed to reduce income inequality – that campaign will continue.”
The voluntary London Living Wage is currently £10.55 an hour and £9.00 outside the capital. It is higher than the legally enforceable national living wage, currently £8.21 an hour.
Unite has members working for Capita on contracts that include construction, health and local government.
Notes to editors:
For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on: 020 3371 2065
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.