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UEL is awarded London Living Wage Champion status

students studying at UEL

A delegation led by students from the University of East London travelled to London City Airport this week to suggest that they increase the wages of their lowest paid workers. They handed in a letter urging the management to pay their cleaners the London Living Wage (LLW).

Earlier in the day, members of The East London Community Organisation presented UEL’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Joughin, with a plaque acknowledging the university’s work in promoting the LLW.  A large banner was unveiled calling on other organisations in the Royal Docks Enterprise Zone to do the same.

Since 2011, the university has insisted that its sub-contractors are paid at the LLW. 

Principal lecturer Dr Tim Hall said: “With in-work benefits about to be cut back, it is absolutely vital that firms that can pay their employees the living wage, do so. By our calculations City Airport could become a living wage employer by raising its air fares by just one penny, and this is what we want to encourage.”

UEL has established a track record of championing financial resilience amongst its students and the wider community; in 2013 it banned pay day lenders from advertising on its campuses. In supporting this latest initiative the Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Joughin explained,

“UEL is London's leading university for civic engagement and as such we take an interest in the welfare of all the occupants of our local Borough.  We have been proactive on the issue of financial exclusion, both for our students and the local community, for a number of years and we are proud of our track record in this important work".

Carlos Silva who works as a cleaner at UEL said, “Being paid the living wage has not just changed my financial situation, it has also made me feel protected and appreciated in my workplace."

Notes to Editors

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.