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Mitie Must Pay Living Wage In South Ayrshire

Thursday, December 3, 2015

GMB Scotland Call On South Ayrshire Elected Politicians To Force Mitie To Pay Living Wage Of £7.85 Rising To £8.25 Per Hour To School Cleaners And Janitors

Contractor Mitie must be told that their attitude is completely unacceptable and that unless they pay up that they will be shut out of public sector contracts in Scotland says GMB Scotland.

GMB Scotland, the union for school support staff, is calling on all elected politicians in South Ayrshire to force Mitie, the private contractor employing cleaners and janitors in five of South Ayrshire Council’s schools, to pay a living wage of £7.85 rising to £8.25 per hour.

Mitie employs cleaners and janitors in five of South Ayrshire Council’s schools: - Barassie Primary, Monkton Primary, Prestwick Academy, Belmont Academy and Alloway Primary. They pay their cleaning staff approximately £1 an hour less than a cleaner who is employed directly with the council. Mitie is point blank refusing to pay a living wage which has been in place with all of Scotland’s 32 local authorities for several years.

GMB Scotland is calling elected representatives to tell Mitie  that this position and attitude is completely unacceptable and socially irresponsible in a modern workplace and that unless they pay up that they will be shut out of public sector contracts in Scotland.

Mitie Group plc, Annual Report and Accounts, 2015 published on the Mitie website shows an operating profit of £128.6m.

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.

Paul Arkison, GMB Scotland regional officer, said “GMB Scotland members working as cleaners and janitors are paid less than £7 per hour for working in some of South Ayrshire Council’s most modern schools.

GMB Scotland has mounted a sustained campaign this cash rich profitable organisation to start treating their staff with compassion and respect. The starting point is for staff to get paid the living wage of £7.85 rising to £8.25 per hour.

So far this campaign has fallen on deaf ears. Despite criticism from all political parties Mitie has completely refused to pay the living wage compelling their staff to poverty levels of pay. 

Levels of pay are so low that many staff are forced to claim state benefits to supplement their income. This means that the already hard pressed tax payer is adding to Mitie’s vast profits. If Mitie paid the living wage to its lowest paid staff then this would boost the living standards of many families in South Ayrshire.

GMB Scotland is now calling for all elected politicians in South Ayrshire to become more directly involved and instruct Mitie to start paying the living wage.

These elected representatives should inform this company that their position and attitude is completely unacceptable and socially irresponsible in a modern workplace and that unless they pay up that they will be shut out of public sector contracts in Scotland.”

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Contact: Paul Arkison  07801 656533 or 0141 332 8641 or GMB Press 07974 251823 or 07921 289880.

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