Today, Chelsea Football Club announced that they will become the first accredited Living Wage employer in the Premier League. Although Chelsea are far from perfect, this is a very positive step and will have a tangible economic impact on the lives of hundreds of staff – even more if other clubs follow suit. The news comes after a sustained long-term campaign from a broad coalition of football fans and community activists across the country who have been working hard at the grassroots level to pressure clubs to do the decent thing and pay all support staff including cleaners, caterers and stewards the Living Wage. We at FBB are proud to have worked closely with Citizens UK and the Living Wage Foundation in leading this campaign in the football world, and hope that Chelsea will be the first of many premier league clubs to take this positive step.
In recent months FC United of Manchester, Hearts of Midlothian FC and Luton Town FC have all announced plans to adopt the Living Wage – embarassing larger and wealthier clubs by leading the way. Finally, a premier league club has joined the #LivingWageFootball campaign – andtoday activists and community members from all around London will join FBB & Citizens UK to march on the Premier League offices and demand that they support the campaign and more importantly, become Living Wage employers themselves (The Premier League LTD is NOT a living wage employer either – no wonder clubs haven’t been bothered to sign up!).
To find out more about the campaign, read our previous news article, where you’ll find some of the blogs we’ve written in the past, and the Citizens UK Living Wage Football report.
Please tweet your support to the campaign by using the #LivingWageFootball hashtag on twitter and following @FBeyondBorders, @CitizensUK and the @LivingWageUK