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London Living Wage protest at Hyatt Andaz hotel

28 July 2008 by

Hotel workers are set to protest outside the Hyatt Andaz hotel on Liverpool Street in London this morning over demands for a London Living Wage.

The protest, organised by campaign group London Citizens, will involve waitress, valets and cleaners, who all get paid the current national minimum wage of £5.52 an hour.

Employees will be seeking a London Living Wage, which London Mayor Boris Johnson raised to £7.45 an hour earlier this month.

Sarfraz Jeraj, London Citizens' Living Wage campaign spokesman, said: "Mark Hoplamazian, chief executive of Global Hyatt Corporation, has claimed that Hyatt embraces a ‘spirit of mutual respect' with all the people it employs. The cheapest room at the Hyatt costs £335 a night and the lowest paid staff are on £5.52 an hour. This is disrespectful.

"We call on the Hyatt to ensure immediately that all staff, including agency employees, are paid a living wage of £7.45. Anything else is a poverty wage according to City Hall, and breaches the principles which Mr Hoplamazian claims to uphold."

Protestors will gather outside the hotel from 7.30am to 8.30am.

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By Christopher Walton

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