KEY PLEDGE: Westminster Labour will fight for fairness in our communities by supporting the London Living Wage and defending the rights of our EU Citizens

If elected on May 3rd Labour will commit the council to paying the London Living Wage not only to its directly employed staff but also to any future contractors. Under Labour Westminster would seek accreditation with the Living Wage Foundation to provide reassurance that our pledges had been met. We would also sign-up to sector specific agreements, such as the Unison Ethical Care Charter, to help improve working practices across the council and further enshrine our commitment to fair pay. Labour is committed to fair pay not only because it the right thing to do for our workers but because it can help to improve the quality of our public services that our staff deliver.

Labour would introduce a business rates incentive scheme to encourage at least 500 small businesses in Westminster each year to adopt the London Living Wage. Labour would reform the council’s procurement procedures to help support local businesses paying the living wage and we will work with trade unions and community groups to find ways to use the council’s publicity to promote local firms who are treating their staff fairly.

Westminster’s EU Citizens are facing an uncertain future as the Conservatives push for a hard Brexit. If elected in May Labour would fight to support our EU Citizen residents at this difficult time by expanding advice and legal support services. This will build on existing work but with greater access to specialist legal support and wider access to support services. Under Labour the council would play an active role in challenging the government’s attempts to weaken EU citizens’ rights and demand that all their existing rights are retained in the future. Labour would make further efforts to publicly show that EU citizens are not only welcome but a vital part of our city. We will appoint a Council champion for the issues facing EU nationals and create a working group of local residents from the EU 27 to help address future issues.

Labour Group Leader Cllr Adam Hug said “Labour will fight for a fairer Westminster if elected in May by committing to the living wage and increasing support for our EU citizens. Our commitment to fair pay for council staff and contractors will not only help us improve the lives of Westminster’s low paid but it will help improve the quality of the services provided to residents.”

Labour Council Candidate for Maida Vale and EU Citizen Nafsika Butler-Thalassis said “EU Nationals, like myself, need to have a say on the problems Brexit is causing, which are affecting us, our families and our communities. A Labour council will champion EU nationals during this difficult time, and fight the government's attempts to take away our rights."