Mayor of London orders pay audit at City Hall and Mayoral bodies

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The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has ordered an audit into pay and employment practices at City Hall and Mayoral bodies to ensure all staff are paid the London living wage.

The audit follows the discovery that 18 contracted cleaning and security staff at the London Transport Museum were paid less than the London living wage rate of £9.40 an hour. After trade union representatives highlighted the issue, their pay has been increased.

Under Transport for London’s new cleaning and security contracts, all employees will be paid the London living wage. This includes directly employed staff and individuals employed through agencies across Transport for London facilities, which  encompasses the London Transport Museum, as well as London Underground stations and depots.

The audit will be led by Khan’s eight deputy mayors and senior City Hall officials, with Greater London Authority staff and Londoners also asked to come forward if they see any examples of bad practice regarding pay.

The London living wage is voluntary rate, which is set independently and updated annually. The updated rate for 2017 is due to be announced on 31 October 2016.

Khan said: “I am determined to create a fairer and more equal city where all employees are paid a decent wage. That means City Hall and the Mayoral bodies simply have to lead by example.

“The London living wage is a great campaign and I hope that more and more businesses across our great city will follow suit.”