Twickenham Labour Party is supporting calls for the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames to pay its lowest paid workers a living wage.
According to the GMB union, more than 100 councils have already committed to pay all their staff a living wage, but Richmond Council said before Christmas that it would not be willing to commit to paying this basic salary to its many contract staff.
The GMB is calling for the council to introduce a living wage of at least £8.80 for all contract staff working for the council. It says that some staff earn as little as £6.31 an hour and are on net take home of £176 per week, which leaves staff having to rely on hand outs from relatives and taxpayers.
Twickenham Labour Party members, including parliamentary candidate Nick Grant, joined GMB workers to take part in a demonstration outside York House in November, to call for the council to introduce a living wage of at least £8.80 for its entire staff, including those employed by contractors working for the council.
The living wage is based upon the minimum amount that an individual needs to cover the basic cost of living. In London, the wage has been set at £8.80 an hour.