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Thursday, February 23, 2017
London Citizens call for fair pay at Olympics
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¬†Westminster Justice and Peace Commission Campaigners braved freezing temperatures yesterday to take part in a day-long London Citizens demonstration calling for fair pay for workers in the London Olympics. The group gathered outside the Riverbank Park Plaza Hotel in Vauxhall, Central London, where David Higgins, Chief Executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), was meeting other leading officials at a prestigious £1000 per head event. As part of their Living Wage campaign, London Citizens have been lobbying the ODA for months to ensure that a living wage (currently £6.70) would be written into every contract awarded to developers of the Olympic site. TELCO, the East London branch of LC, has recently found security guards employed on sites for £6 per hour, though the ODA has made pledges to honour the demand for a Living Wage, currently fixed by the Greater London Authority at £7.05 per hour. Last night, in freezing winds, members of unions, churches and schools held placards, handed out leaflets to guests, and chanted their demands for a Living Wage for workers on Olympic sites. an hour on one of the sites, whereas the living wage is, I think, around £7.20 ph. Among them was a group of students from Trinity RC school in East London were there, who kept everyone's spirits up. "They (the ODA) have committed themselves further than ever before," Matthew Bolton of LC told demonstrators, "and we will keep on till they deliver the pledge they have made." Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor spoke out in support of the Living Wage at last year's Migrants Mass at Westminster. London Citizens carry on with their campaign, to make the 2012 Olympics a fair game for all.
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