This post was first published by My London on 13/08/2019.
Crystal Palace now pays all its staff the London living wage
Crystal Palace Football Club have announced they now pay all their staff the London living wage.
The Premier League club has been under pressure to increase employees’ wages for the past few years , and previously only paid the living wage to staff on full-time contracts.
The Eagles join a handful of the Premier League’s 20 teams who have committed to paying all staff at least the real living wage, which is set by the Living Wage Foundation at around £1 an hour higher than the government’s measure.
The rate is currently set at £10.55 per hour in London and £9 per hour elsewhere.
Palace confirmed in a statement on Monday (August 12) the club made the change earlier this month, in time for the new season. As well as full-time staff, part-time staff employed directly by the club are now paid the London living wage. All agencies who supply casual staff to the club are also now required to prove that they are paying those staff members the London living wage.
The club are set to be formally accredited by the Living Wage Foundation later this month.
Palace chairman Steve Parish said: “I’m pleased to confirm that, working together with Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, and the London Living Wage Foundation, from this season we now pay all full-time and part-time staff the London living wage as a minimum, and also ensure our partner agencies also do the same.
“We recognise the contribution of all our full-time and matchday staff members, and fully support the campaign to pay all employees a wage that reflects the true cost of living in London.”
One man who works at Palace as a team leader, who is also a lifelong supporter, said in February he and other members of staff were “not happy” with not being paid the London living wage.
The Eagles employee, who did not wish to be identified, has worked at the club for five years and was paid £9 per hour. At the time he was on a zero hour contract so wasn’t entitled to be paid the £10.55 per hour full-time staff were getting.
Under the new changes, his pay has increased.
Twitter spat with Sadiq Khan
In January 2017, Mr Khan wrote to the capital’s Premier League clubs calling on them to pay the real living wage.
That same month, Parish was involved in a public Twitter spat with Mr Khan, calling his request a “publicity stunt”, before insisting the club already paid its full-time staff the London living wage.
He was quickly reprimanded by some his followers who told him that the club should be paying all of its staff, not just full-time employees, the living wage.