By Tim Parsons-
West Ham United is to increase the pay of up to 200 employees, including cleaners and kitchen staff, will have their pay increased to £10.20 in line with the Living wage.
The move will raise the current minimum wage for over 25s by £2.70 an hour from its previously modest £7.50 per hour,
West Ham United is the only other premier League club besides Chelsea and Everton accredited by the Living Wage Foundation for signing up to the voluntary scheme.
Other premier League clubs are still sticking to the current minimum wage, despite the huge revenues the generate . The minimum wage is the guideline set by the government to ensure all clubs and employees do not underpay their workers, but respectable clubs and organizations are expected to treat their employees with more dignity than they currently do.
Paying the minimum wage is often a sign of greed , especially by fat cat clubs and organisations who can afford to pay more, but selfishly want to amass as much as they can for themselves. Clubs that fail to sign up to good practise established by the Living Wage Foundation can be said to be signaling an unwillingness to pay more respect to their employees who work hard for them. West Ham’s decision to join this respectable voluntary scheme will be held in higher esteem than those who snub the scheme, but other clubs are expected to eventually join the scheme and make their employees feel more worthy and appreciated.
Karren Brady, vice-chairman of West Ham told The Eye Of Media.Com: “The Living Wage Foundation accreditation is something we have been working towards for a long time, including lobbying the Mayor to help encourage our landlords to commit to paying a fair day’s pay, and we are over the moon to now be in a position where we can finally become a recognised Living Wage employer.”
Katherine Chapman, director of the Living Wage Foundation added to that: “The Living Wage badge is the mark of a responsible employer and West Ham United are joining a movement of over 3,700 employers across the UK who are making sure that all employees can live with dignity.”
The news comes after The Eye Of Media.Com revealed that Amazon in Tilbury have been subjecting their employees to a ten and a half hour work shift for just £8.20 an hour, with only those who work at night earning £10.20. Premiere League clubs who join the honourable scheme of the Living Wage Foundation are setting a positive benchmark of honour for all employers in the U.K to be measured, and should be seen as the yardstick of dignified employment.
The Eye Of Media.Com fully supports the Living Wage Condition and expect all employers, more especially those with businesses and organizations generating high revenues to follow suit. A financially successful firm with undignified employees is not a successful organization. A successful organization should have employees that are paid a wage that enables them to live with dignity and look forward to working.