Councillor Alexander Stafford has recently raised the issue of equal pay for apprentices employed by Ealing Council.
Ealing Council is a certified London Living Wage Employer, but Councillor Stafford uncovered reports that apprentices employed by the Council are only paid the National Minimum Wage, rather than the higher London Living Wage.
Councillor Stafford commented: “The council boasts that it is a Living Wage Employer; however, it hypocritically does not pay all of its employees equally. Apprentices are not only key workers, but they are the future and lifeblood of the council. We need to be encouraging the best to apply and lead by best example. The council should be sending out a strong message of support and encouragement to these hardworking men and women. The council currently has £18 million in reserves, yet will not pay wages equally. It should always be equal pay for equal work.”
This was reported in the Ealing Gazette with the article found here.