All of Heathrow’s colleagues, and many in the direct supply chain, are now paid the London Living Wage this Living Wage Week, as a result of the airport’s commitment to the practice two years ago.
In 2017, Heathrow became the first airport to be accredited as a Living Wage Employer and since then, it has embarked on a journey to ensure all those within the direct supply chain are also recognised. By December 2020 this will mean 3,200 additional people will be paid the London Living Wage.
To achieve this, the airport is working closely with suppliers in its direct supply chain to ensure colleagues receive the Living Wage, making good progress ahead its December 2020 target date. This includes:
- Ensuring everybody employed directly by Heathrow is paid a Living Wage, including our colleagues based in the Business Support Centre in Glasgow
- Publishing the first roadmap of its kind amongst UK airports, outlining the number of contracts that will be Living Wage compliant and by when
- Introducing a requirement for all new suppliers to pay Living Wage as a condition for supplying Heathrow
- Ending the use of zero hours contracts within Heathrow Airport Limited and working with suppliers to phase these out across the airport
Paula Stannett, Heathrow Chief People Officer, welcomed the progress as an example of Heathrow taking the lead on the issue.
“Living Wage is close to my heart and I’m really pleased with the progress Heathrow is making, in partnership with our direct supply chain, to ensure our hard-working colleagues receive London Living Wage as soon as possible.” said Paula Stannett.
Heathrow is proud to be at the forefront of the Living Wage movement. Paying London Living Wage is just one element of our strategy to be a Great Place to Work, and we’re using our leadership of Team Heathrow to ensure everyone who works at the airport is paid a decent wage.
– Heathrow Chief People Officer, Paula Stannett
“Heathrow is proud to be at the forefront of the Living Wage movement. Paying London Living Wage is just one element of our strategy to be a Great Place to Work, and we’re using our leadership of Team Heathrow to ensure everyone who works at the airport is paid a decent wage.”
Perry Phillips, GMB’s Regional Organiser for Aviation at Heathrow Airport, has worked closely with Heathrow over the last three years.
Perry Phillips said, “Both the GMB Union and Heathrow Airport Ltd have been working together on the London Living Wage journey and are pleased to see that contracted companies within the direct chain at the Airport now signing up to be a London Living Wage employer that will financially benefit workers and their families.
The GMB and Heathrow Airport Ltd will continue to work with those companies within the indirect chain to achieve paying its workers and our members the London Living Wage.
– GMB Regional Organiser for Aviation, Perry Phillips
“The GMB and Heathrow Airport Ltd will continue to work with those companies within the indirect chain to achieve paying its workers and our members the London Living Wage”.
Colleagues set to benefit from Heathrow’s commitment to the London Living Wage…
Around 1,400 of our colleagues in our direct supply chain will be receiving London Living Wage by the end of this year, with a further 1,800 receiving London Living Wage by the end of 2020. Colleagues employed by ISS and Mitie, who help keep our terminals clean, will see their salaries increase in April next year; eight months ahead of our target.
Living Wage Week, which started this Monday (11th November), is the annual celebration of the Living Wage movement and the time of the year when the revised voluntary Living Wage hourly rates are announced – London Living Wage will now be £10.75, a rise of 20p.
For Team Heathrow colleagues who work further down in the airport’s supply chain, Heathrow is using its size and scale to promote the benefits of paying Living Wage to both employers and colleagues and will intensify this work once our direct supply chain is fully transitioned.