Bosses of Britain’s hotel and hospitality industries should “put their money where their mouth is” and pay the living wage to the hundreds of thousands employed in the UK’s fourth biggest industry.
To drive the message home, hospitality members of Unite, the country’s largest union, will be staging a demonstration outside the British hospitality & tourism summit, being held at the plush InterContinental Hotel in London’s Park Lane tomorrow (Tuesday 11 June) between 16:30-18:00.
The summit will hear that the industry hopes to create 300,000 new jobs by 2020 – even though thousands of workers are already struggling on the national minimum wage, currently £6.19 an hour.
Unite hotel workers and restaurant and bar staff members will be calling for a London living wage of £8.55 an hour - and £7.45 outside the capital.
Unite regional officer Dave Turnbull said: “The hotel and tourism industries are major economic drivers – yet those that ensure the bedrooms are clean and that foreign tourists have a good impression of Britain are paid barely enough to survive.
“We are calling for the employers to ensure that the living wage, currently voluntary, becomes the norm in the industry – and that employees are treated with respect. The bosses should put their money where their mouth is.”
According to the British Hospitality Association, hospitality and tourism now accounts for over 10 per cent of the UK’s workforce and is the fourth largest industry in the UK employing some 2.7 million people.
Dave Turnbull said: “These figures speak for themselves. If this very profitable industry wishes to reach the 300,000 new jobs target, it needs to reward those working in it with a decent, respectable and living wage.”
For further information please contact Dave Turnbull on 07980 721427 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.