Around 850 staff working for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will see their salaries boosted following the announcement that the company has become the first UK hotel group to support the London Living Wage.
IHG has agreed to phased pay rises over a five-year period in each of its eight managed hotels in the capital, ensuring all staff will be receiving the London Living Wage of £8.30.
The company's first step towards its target is to move 97% of its staff in the eight hotels on to a minimum pay rate of £6.80 per hour or above. The properties involved are: the Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum, Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, Holiday Inn London Regents Park, Holiday Inn London Mayfair, Holiday Inn London Brent Cross, Crowne Plaza London Kensington, Crowne Plaza London the City and the InterContinental London Park Lane.
The Living Wage Campaign was launched by London Citizens in 2001 and has since won over £100m for more than 10,000 low-paid workers in London.
During his recent election campaign, Mayor of London Boris Johnson pledged to work with London Citizens to encourage five hotel and hospitality employers in the capital to adopt the London Living Wage during his mayoral term.
"This is a welcome decision by IHG," Johnson said. "Not only does it foster a loyal and hardworking workforce, it can help lift people out of poverty and give them a proper reward for their labours."
By Janet Harmer
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