Taking care of cleaners: Living Wage in the 3rd Sector

Taking care of cleaners: Living Wage in the 3rd Sector


Letter from UnLtd

I am writing to introduce you to one of UnLtd’s most exceptional young social entrepreneurs, Matthew Bolton, and introduce his exciting new Living Wage campaign, which is pushing for a fair wage for all cleaning staff.

We are extremely proud to be backing Matthew and are recommending living wage cleaning to our friends in the third sector and also giving early notice of a high-profile event that we are hosting on 13th June at lunchtime. Matthew will be launching a Living Wage Employer endorsement and will be inviting the leading third sector organisations to sign up.

The third sector has for a long time taken the lead in socially responsible office practice in terms of recycling and fair-trade. However, the people who clean third sector offices have often been neglected, just as they have in public and private sector offices too. Commonly employed through contractors, cleaners have fallen outside the responsibility of the offices they work hard to keep clean.

It is easy to ensure that cleaners, whether directly or indirectly employed, are paid a Living Wage with fair employment conditions. We hope that if your organisation has not already done so they will look into taking the necessary steps and be able to come to the event on the 13th June and proudly sign up to be Living Wage Employers. A formal invitation to the event will follow presently.

Organisations that have already gone Living Wage include ACEVO, UnLtd, IPPR and the Big Issue, and the number is growing fast. With the launch of the Living Wage Employer Award and London 2012 being the first ever Living Wage Olympics, this is an aspect of socially responsible business practice likely to keep rising in profile.

If you are interested in more information on how to move to Living Wage cleaning, or on the Living Wage Employer endorsement, please contact Matthew Bolton

If you are interested in coming to the Living Wage event, hosted by UnLtd, on 13th June at lunchtime, please contact Rachel Slade (RacheISlade@unltd.org.uk).