Cleaners petition ministers over wages
A group of cleaners working in government offices have asked to be paid the London living wage.
The cleaners delivered letters to eight cabinet ministers, including George Osborne and Vince Cable, demanding an increase in their wages from the minimum wage (£6.08) higher rate of (£8.08). Dr Cable's Business Department issued a statement saying it was up to cleaning companies to "voluntarily sign up to the London Living Wage".
Transport Secretary Justine Greening told BBC Radio 5live she did not know how much her cleaners were paid nor had she seen the letter on her desk.
“No, I don’t know. No, I haven’t seen that letter and obviously we have the minimum wage law in the UK, I know the Mayor has obviously talked about the living wage too, I haven’t seen that letter."
She said it would be likely the Cabinet Office would want to comment: "I think it’s broadly a matter for civil service pay, I’ve no doubt that the Cabinet Office will want to respond to it."