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HEATHROW Air­port has be­come the lat­est large em­ployer and first air­port in the UK to of­fer its low­est paid em­ploy­ees the liv­ing wage.

As part of its Heathrow 2.0 sus­tain­abil­ity strat­egy, the air­port has agreed to pay all its em­ploy­ees at least the London Liv­ing Wage, which was in­creased on Mon­day Novem­ber 6 to £10.20 an hour.

By the end of 2020, 3,200 of the air­port’s staff will be on the higher wage, which has been vol­un­tar­ily signed on to by 3,600 em­ploy­ers across the coun­try.

The air­port, which em­ploys 76,000 peo­ple in to­tal, es­ti­mates 500 peo­ple from Houn­slow, 450 from Hilling­don and 250 from Eal­ing will ben­e­fit from the new wage.

As well as in­flu­enc­ing re­tail­ers and com­mer­cial part­ners to end zero hours con­tracts, Heathrow has pledged to use liv­ing wage ac­credi- tation as a fac­tor in se­lect­ing new re­tail­ers and con­ces­sions.

The an­nounce­ment was made at the be­gin­ning of Liv­ing Wage Week, from Novem­ber 5 to Novem­ber 11.

John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Har­ling­ton, said: “Con­grat­u­la­tions to Heathrow Air­port for pledg­ing to be­come a liv­ing wage em­ployer, lift­ing 3,200 work­ers out of poverty pay.”

Heathrow chief ex­ec­u­tive John Hol­land-Kaye said: “Heathrow’s sta­tus as a world-class air­port is down to the qual­ity and ex­per­tise of our col­leagues.

“We firmly be­lieve that pay­ing the liv­ing wage is the right thing to do as a re­spon­si­ble em­ployer. It will help us to at­tract and re­tain the best peo­ple, sup­port­ing them in build­ing a re­ward­ing ca­reer at Heathrow.

“We are proud to be ac­cred­ited by the Liv­ing Wage Foun­da­tion and are com­mit­ted to go­ing fur­ther to sup­port re­spon­si­ble em­ploy­ment prac­tices through­out our sup­ply chain.

“This ac­cred­i­ta­tion is another step in de­liv­er­ing our am­bi­tious sus­tain­abil­ity strat­egy, Heathrow 2.0, and a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone for re­al­is­ing our vi­sion for Heathrow to be a great place to live and work.”

Liv­ing wages are set to al­low em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies to be able to af­ford the es­sen­tials and also to be able to save.

Em­ploy­ers of­fer­ing the higher wages in turn see re­duced ab­sen­teeism and sick leave as an im­prove­ment in staff morale as well as find­ing it eas­ier to re­cruit and re­tain staff.

Work­ers at Heathrow who are all paid the London Liv­ing Wage cel­e­brate the de­ci­sion

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