GMB Writing To Lloyds Bank To Find Out If New £1.3 Billion Contract To Mitie For Security And Cleaning Branches Funds Living Wage For Staff
World-class outsourcing services on one of the biggest private sector facilities management contracts is only achievable by insisting that Mitie pays a living wage says GMB
GMB, the union for security and cleaning staff, commented on the announcement that Mitie has been awarded a new contract worth £1.3billion by Lloyds Banking Group covering cleaning and security of its offices and branches from 1st January 2016 to run until 2022. Mitie will also manage Lloyds’ energy use and data.
The announcement co-incides with a GMB campaign to persuade banks like RBS and Lloyds to pay a living wage to security workers and cleaners who work as contractors for G4S, ISS and Mitie in their building estates across Britain. GMB held a protest outside RBS in London on 8th December. There is a further protest in Edinburgh on 15th December with more protests outside RBS and Lloyds in Birmingham and Manchester during December.
Last month the Living Wage Foundation announced that a living wage should be raised by 40p per hour from £7.85 per hour to £8.25 across the UK and by 25p per hour from £9.15p to £9.40 in London. GMB Congress set a living wage at £10 per hour.
The pay rates for Mitie staff are as follows; Manchester £7 an hour (moving to £7.20 minimum in Jan); Edinburgh £7 (£7.20 in Jan); Birmingham £7.88/89 per hour; Central London £9.37 per hour.
The pay rates for G4S security staff are as follows: London RBS Coutts - £8.36 per hour; Birmingham RBS Brindley Place - £7.54 per hour; Edinburgh RBS St Andrews Sq - £7.27 - £7.97; Manchester RBS Hardmans & Springfields £7.54 per hour.
Elly Baker, GMB National Officer, said “GMB members securing and cleaning their buildings will want to know whether Lloyds Banking Group is providing the funds to insist that Mitie pays a living wage on this their largest ever contract accounting for 14 per cent of its total work.
Lloyds Banking Group say that they want world-class outsourcing services on one of the biggest private sector facilities management contracts of its type. This is only achievable by Lloyds funding the contract properly and insisting that Mitie pays a living wage. GMB will write to Lloyds to establish the facts on this.
GMB supports the work of Living Wage Foundation to raise wages. We will pursue an active campaign so that RBS and Lloyd ensure members working for contractors are treated the same as direct staff.
GMB will continue to press for a living wage to be set at £10 per hour as agreed at GMB Congress. Members make clear in their experience you need at least £10 an hour and a full working week to have a decent life free from benefits and tax credits. Less than £10 an hour means just existing not living. It means a life of isolation, unable to socialise. It means a life of constant anxiety over paying bills and of borrowing from friends, family and pay day loan sharks just to make ends meet."
Contact: Elly Baker 07918 768773 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823 or 07921 289889.