Haringey Trades Council
Press Release 3rd December
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Haringey a centre of Employer minimum wage law breaking
Haringey Trades Council, the local wing of the TUC covering Tottenham, has said that a new report from the Centre for London on compliance on the minimum wage shows Haringey as one of the worst areas in London for employers ignoring the law.
Over 6% of workers in the Borough are paid at or below the national minimum wage of £6.31 an hour. Only Waltham Forest has a worse record.
The trade unionists say that Tottenham in particular suffers from being a low wage, high unemployment economy that prevents economic growth in the area and causes significant issues for the sustainability of the local economy.
The figure also underlines the importance of the fight of GMB cleaners at Tottenham College [CONEL] for the London Living Wage of £8.80 an hour. Further talks with management are planned on the cleaners claim and a protest outside the College is set for Friday 6th December at 8.30am
Haringey TUC Secretary Keith Flett said When employers don’t pay the minimum wage they are breaking the law yet too many in areas like Haringey get away with it. Inspections are very few and many are too concerned for their jobs in the first place to speak up. We are determined however to make sure that the call by the Mayor of London that the Living London Wage should be paid is heard and implemented in Haringey. Some employers such as Haringey Council have shown the way, but others significant local employers such as Sainsburys are still falling short
Link to Report
Cleaners at Conel are on £6.31 per hour, minimum wage. To save money, the college and the cleaning contractor, Ocean, are planning to cut their contracts from 51 to 39 weeks in the year from January 2014, to work term time only – a 23% pay cut.
Messages of support please to Steve Sweeney, GMB Regional Organiser