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RBS Living Wage Protest

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

GMB PROTEST AT RBS IN BIRMINGHAM ON THUR 21 JAN FOR LIVING WAGE FOR CONTRACT SECURITY WORKERS AND CLEANERS IN RBS AND LLOYDS BANKS

These banks are living wage foundation accredited but do not pay living wage to security workers and cleaners who work at their buildings across Britain says GMB

GMB, the union for security and cleaning workers, will hold a protest demonstration on Thursday 21st January outside Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in Birmingham to step up the campaign for them to pay a living wage of £10per hour to members employed by G4S and ISS to provide security and cleaning at RBS buildings across Britain. 

This is the third protest in a wider GMB campaign to persuade banks like RBS and Lloyds to pay a living wage to security workers and cleaners who work as contractors for G4S, ISS and Mitie in their building estates across Britain. GMB held protests outside RBS in London and Edinburgh last month. See notes to editors for copies of previous GMB press releases on this issue.

The details of the protest are as follows:

From 2pm on Thursday 21 January
RBS Bank
7-10 Brindley Place,
Birmingham
West Midlands, B1 2TZ

Last November the Living Wage Foundation announced that a living wage should be raised by 40p per hour from £7.85 per hour to £8.25 across the UK and by 25p per hour from £9.15p to £9.40 in London.
The pay rates for G4S security staff are as follows: London RBS Coutts - £8.36 per hour; Birmingham RBS Brindley Place - £7.54 per hour; Edinburgh RBS St Andrews Sq - £7.27 - £7.97; Manchester RBS Hardmans & Springfields £7.54 per hour.

The pay rates for Mitie staff are as follows; Manchester £7 an hour (moving to £7.20 minimum in Jan); Edinburgh £7 (£7.20 in Jan); Birmingham £7.88/89 per hour; Central London £9.37 per hour.
Ake Achi, GMB Regional officer said “GMB members are demonstrating for a living wage of £10 per hour for security workers and cleaners at both Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Lloyds Banking Group (LBG).
Both signed up as living wage foundation accredited employers, yet fail to honour that commitment to security workers and cleaners who are contracted to work at their buildings across Britain. 
It suited both RBS and Lloyds to sign up to being accredited living wage employers as all their staff are already paid more. Unless the banks fund the Living Wage now workers will be consigned to poverty pay for years to come, and this becomes just a cheap PR stunt!

Employers paying a living wage are now common place so it is time that RBS and Lloyds insisted that contractors pay all their employees a living wage. 

Both RBS and Lloyds banks must fund contracts and insist that their private contractors pay a living wage to staff working in the bank’s expensive and prestigious buildings.

GMB supports the work of Living Wage Foundation to raise wages. We will pursue an active campaign so that RBS and Lloyd ensure members working for contractors are treated the same as direct staff. 

GMB will continue to press for a living wage to be set at £10 per hour as agreed at GMB Congress. Members make clear in their experience you need at least £10 an hour and a full working week to have a decent life free from benefits and tax credits. Less than £10 an hour means just existing not living. It means a life of isolation, unable to socialise. It means a life of constant anxiety over paying bills and of borrowing from friends, family and pay day loan sharks just to make ends meet."

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Contact  Ake Achi on  0121 550 4888 or Samantha Jones 07939 874 272 or Elly Baker 07918 768773 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823 or 07921 289889.

Notes to editors

Copy of previous GMB press releases

1 copy of GMB press release dated 10th December 2015

GMB WRITING TO LLOYDS BANK TO FIND OUT IF NEW £1.3 BILLION CONTRACT TO MITIE FOR SECURITY AND CLEANING BRANCHES FUNDS LIVING WAGE FOR STAFF

World-class outsourcing services on one of the biggest private sector facilities management contracts is only achievable by insisting that Mitie pays a living wage says GMB

GMB, the union for security and cleaning staff, commented on the announcement that Mitie has been awarded a new contract worth £1.3billion by Lloyds Banking Group covering cleaning and security of its offices and branched from 1st January 2016 to run until 2022. Mitie will also manage Lloyds’ energy use and data.

The announcement co-incides with a GMB campaign to persuade banks like RBS and Lloyds to pay a living wage to security workers and cleaners who work as contractors for G4S, ISS and Mitie in their building estates across Britain. GMB held a protest outside RBS in London on 8th December. There is a further protest in Edinburgh on 15th December with more protests outside RBS and Lloyds in Birmingham and Manchester during December. 

Last month the Living Wage Foundation announced that a living wage should be raised by 40p per hour from £7.85 per hour to £8.25 across the UK and by 25p per hour from £9.15p to £9.40 in London. GMB Congress set a living wage at £10 per hour. 

The pay rates for Mitie staff are as follows; Manchester £7 an hour (moving to £7.20 minimum in Jan); Edinburgh £7 (£7.20 in Jan); Birmingham £7.88/89 per hour; Central London £9.37 per hour.
The pay rates for G4S security staff are as follows: London RBS Coutts - £8.36 per hour; Birmingham RBS Brindley Place - £7.54 per hour; Edinburgh RBS St Andrews Sq - £7.27 - £7.97; Manchester RBS Hardmans & Springfields £7.54 per hour.

Elly Baker, GMB National Officer, said “GMB members securing and cleaning their buildings will want to know whether Lloyds Banking Group is providing the funds to insist that Mitie pays a living wage on this their largest ever contract accounting for 14 per cent of its total work.

Lloyds Banking Group say that they want world-class outsourcing services on one of the biggest private sector facilities management contracts of its type. This is only achievable by Lloyds funding the contract properly and insisting that Mitie pays a living wage. GMB will write to Lloyds to establish the facts on this.

GMB supports the work of Living Wage Foundation to raise wages. We will pursue an active campaign so that RBS and Lloyd ensure members working for contractors are treated the same as direct staff.

GMB will continue to press for a living wage to be set at £10 per hour as agreed at GMB Congress. Members make clear in their experience you need at least £10 an hour and a full working week to have a decent life free from benefits and tax credits. Less than £10 an hour means just existing not living. It means a life of isolation, unable to socialise. It means a life of constant anxiety over paying bills and of borrowing from friends, family and pay day loan sharks just to make ends meet."

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2 GMB press release dated 9th December 2015

GMB SCOTLAND PROTEST AT RBS IN EDINBURGH ON 15TH DECEMBER FOR LIVING WAGE FOR CONTRACT SECURITY WORKERS AND CLEANERS

RBS and Lloyds must fund contracts and insist that their private contractors pay a living wage to staff working their expensive and prestigious buildings says GMB Scotland

GMB Scotland, the union for security and cleaning workers, will hold a protest demonstration on Tuesday 15th December outside Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in Edinburgh to step up the campaign for them to pay a living wage to members employed by G4S and ISS to provide security and cleaning at RBS buildings across Britain. 

This is second protest in a wider GMB campaign to persuade banks like RBS and Lloyds to pay a living wage to security workers and cleaners who work as contractors for G4S, ISS and Mitie in their building estates across Britain. GMB held a protest outside RBS in London on 8th December. This event is part of more protests outside RBS and Lloyds in Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester during December. The dates will be advised separately.

The details of the protest are as follows:

from 12 noon 15th December,
at RBS Dundas House,
36 St Andrew Square,
Edinburgh, EH2 2AD.

Last month the Living Wage Foundation announced that a living wage should be raised by 40p per hour from £7.85 per hour to £8.25 across the UK and by 25p per hour from £9.15p to £9.40 in London. GMB Congress set a living wage at £10 per hour. 

The pay rates for G4S security staff are as follows: London RBS Coutts - £8.36 per hour; Birmingham RBS Brindley Place - £7.54 per hour; Edinburgh RBS St Andrews Sq - £7.27 - £7.97; Manchester RBS Hardmans & Springfields £7.54 per hour.

The pay rates for Mitie staff are as follows; Manchester £7 an hour (moving to £7.20 minimum in Jan); Edinburgh £7 (£7.20 in Jan); Birmingham £7.88/89 per hour; Central London £9.37 per hour.

Calne Waterson, GMB Scotland Officer, said “Employers paying a living wage is now common place and it is time that RBS and Lloyds insisted that contractors pay all their employees a living wage. We baled out the fat cats in 2008, it's about time they returned some of the cream

GMB is calling on RBS and Lloyds banks to immediately fund contracts and insist that their private contractors pay a living wage to staff working in the bank’s expensive and prestigious buildings.
It has suited both RBS and Lloyds Banks to sign up to being accredited living wage employers as all their staff are already paid more. Unless the banks fund contracts and insist that their contractors pay up now, it’s only just a cheap PR stunt.

GMB supports the work of Living Wage Foundation to raise wages. We will pursue an active campaign so that RBS and Lloyd ensure members working for contractors are treated the same as direct staff.
GMB will continue to press for a living wage to be set at £10 per hour as agreed at GMB Congress. Members make clear in their experience you need at least £10 an hour and a full working week to have a decent life free from benefits and tax credits. Less than £10 an hour means just existing not living. It means a life of isolation, unable to socialise. It means a life of constant anxiety over paying bills and of borrowing from friends, family and pay day loan sharks just to make ends meet."

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