RMT calls on Northern, as a proud signatory since 2017 to the Living Wage Foundation Charter, to ensure that all non direct employees working on Northern stations as Revenue and Gateline security staff are immediately paid the Living Wage Foundation's recommended rate of £9.00 per hour.
Rail Union RMT has launched a campaign for pay justice for members working for Carlisle Support Services on the contract for Arriva Rail North.
These workers are being paid below the rate set by the Living Wage Foundation, which currently stands at £9 per hour. This is in spite of the fact that Arriva Rail North became accredited by the Living Wage Foundation in 2017 in a fanfare of publicity.
When a company is accredited by the Living Wage Foundation it requires them to pay all directly employed staff the Living Wage and for it to be paid to non-direct employees (contract staff).
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The real Living Wage, which has cross party support, is an hourly rate which is set independently and updated every year. It is calculated according to the real costs of living in the UK and employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. There are currently over 5,000 accredited employers.