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Andaz hotel attracts more living wage protests

17 December 2008 by

Protestors are set to gather outside a high profile London hotel this afternoon as part of a festively themed campaign to get workers in the hospitality industry paid a London Living Wage (LLW).

London Citizens, the alliance of hospitality workers, religious congregations and schools which created the LLW, will gather outside the Hyatt Andaz hotel on Liverpool Street to sing specially adapted carols.

The London Living Wage is a recommended minimum wage for the capital, which takes into account the far higher costs of living in London.

The LLW is backed by the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who over the summer announced this year's rate of £7.45, compared to the national minimum wage of £5.73.

General manager of the hotel, Arnaud de Saint Exupery's name will feature in at least one of the carols, which include "Jingle Bells, Hyatt hells" and "We wish you a happy workforce".

The group had been promised a meeting with the Saint Exupery, but has allegedly since been rebuffed.

London Citizens is made up of more than 115 churches, mosques, schools, trade union branches and charities.

The service and London Citizens action will start outside the Andaz Hotel at 40 Liverpool Street, EC2 7QN at 6.15 pm and will last till 7.00 pm.

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By Gemma Sharkey

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