Campaigners want match day workers including stewards to get the Real Living Wage (Image: Action Images via Reuters)
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Low-pay campaigners and schoolchildren today urge the FA to give vital Wembley workers a Real Living Wage.
While star players pocket salaries worth hundreds of thousands of pounds a week, subcontracted stewards, cleaners and catering staff at sports grounds often earn just the legal minimum.
Grassroots campaign group Citizens UK will today hold a mini-rally at Wembley Stadium, the venue for last night's Denmark v England semi-final and Sunday's final, to raise the plight of low-paid casual staff.
The FA, which owns Wembley Stadium, says all its employees are paid at least the Living Wage.
But Citizens urged it to guarantee the rate for match day casual staff and accredit with the Living Wage Foundation.
The ground in North West London has hosted two Euro 2020 semi finals and is due to host the final on Sunday
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Citizens UK executive director Matthew Bolton said: “It simply isn’t right that thousands of contract workers – including cleaners, caterers and security guards – who are making the match day go ahead safely for 60,000 fans on Sunday, are below a Real Living Wage and struggling to keep their heads above water.
“Football is an integral part of British culture and we should be ensuring that those who make it possible are paid fairly.”
Minimum hourly rates paid by Living Wage Foundation accredited firms are £9.50 outside London and £10.85 in the capital.
It is paid regardless of employees' ages.
Citizens UK executive director Matthew Bolton
In contrast, the Government's “national living wage” – the rebranded minimum wage – is £8.91 an hour and only paid to workers aged 23 and over.
Hourly minimum pay for under-18s is £4.62; the rate for workers aged 18 to 20 is £6.56; and the minimum for those aged 21 and 22 is £8.36.
Local school kids backed the call for Wembley match day workers to receive the Real Living Wage.
Ark Academy Year 12 pupil Adriarna Clarke said: “While football is finally coming home, all too many workers at Wembley Stadium are still returning home to poverty wages – despite the fact that without them Wembley Stadium wouldn’t be in a position to reopen its doors safely.”
Wembley relies on hundreds of match day casual staff
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An FA spokesman: "The Football Association is a not-for-profit organisation which invests all profits back into English football on an annual basis.
“All FA employees are paid the Living Wage or above and all those that work in London are paid the London Living Wage or above.
“We remain committed to paying Living Wage rates over a phased period with several of our key contractors, including our stewards, being paid the Living Wage from the start of the 21/22 season."