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Play To End Foul Pay

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

GMB Calls For An End To Foul Pay In Football

90% of fans demand that their club should pay the living wage and a petition has also reached over 70,000 signatures. 

As the football season kicks off in earnest this weekend GMB calling on all football clubs to play fair with their staff and pay them a living wage.

Of the 92 clubs in the English league and those in Scotland, only 3 are known to pay the living wage (currently £7.85 per hour and £9.15 in London) to their workers.  It is estimated that such a move would benefit 100,000 employees.

Tim Roache, GMB Regional Secretary, and head of the ‘GMB End Foul Pay’ Campaign said: “Football fans will rightly be full of anticipation for their teams as the new season is about to start and will be hoping that their star players live up to the big money transfer fee and wages.  But it’s a scandal that the people who work so hard to get the game on in the first place, ticket sellers, ground staff and caterers are not even paid the rate universally accepted as the amount people need to earn just to live on.”

English Premiere League clubs have agreed to pay this but not until the start of next season and with the amount of money around in football that’s frankly pathetic and their workers deserve and need more.  In a recent survey nearly 90% of fans demanded that their club should pay the living wage and said they would feel better if their clubs did.  A fans petition has also reached over 70,000 signatures.”


Contact: Tim Roache GMB Regional Secretary on 07961 719545 or email

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