The City of London Corporation has agreed to supplement ten existing corporate cleaning and catering services contracts to bring them in line with the London Living Wage (LLW).
The agreement will cover cleaners and catering employees at iconic buildings including the Central Criminal Court, Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, City of London Police, Guildhall and also various schools.
The changes to the five revised cleaning contracts, delivered by ISS, Sodexo and Mitie, will come into effect immediately after elected members decided to adopt the LLW ahead of the scheduled renewal date in August 2014. The extra annual cost of implementing the LLW across them is in the order of £812,000.
In line with ISS UK’s commitment to the Living Wage concept, ISS has actively worked with the City of London to bring about the change. In fact, it is now ISS policy to encourage customers and suppliers to consider adopting the approach, and ISS UK aims to include a Living Wage option in all new tender submissions.
To further underline support for the scheme, ISS UK has signed a Living Wage Contractor Accreditation contract with the Living Wage Foundation.
Richard Sykes, Country Manager of ISS UK and Ireland, commented:
“ISS is committed to working with customers and delivery partners to implement a Living Wage for our people wherever possible. We firmly believe that paying a Living Wage is good for the individual, good for business and good for society, and are we are therefore delighted that the City of London has invested in this policy which will have a demonstrable impact on the lives of cleaners and catering staff across the City of London estate.”
Mark Boleat, Policy Chairman at the City of London Corporation, said:
“As a Best Value Authority, we are continuously striving to improve the way we procure goods or services. The City of London Corporation is committed to paying the LLW to staff and promoting it for contractors while delivering quality services across the Square Mile. We recognise that social value – as well as finance – should be a consideration when it comes to such arrangements and supplementing both these cleaning and catering contracts is a positive step forward.”