Unite continues campaign for more pay in Whitbread hotels

Whitbread workers campaign for more pay
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Our union says that as the owner of the UK’s biggest hotel brand, minimum wage employer Whitbread could become the trendsetter for improved hospitality industry standards.
 
Not only would this benefit Whitbread but it would help to set a benchmark for the industry, allowing it to overcome the staff recruitment crisis that is ‘hobbling’ the sector’s recovery from the pandemic.
 
The real living wage, based on the cost of living and set by the Living Wage Foundation, is £10.85 in London and £9.50 in the rest of the UK. 
 
Around a third of Whitbread workers are paid the minimum wage of just £8.91 and despite the company’s ‘skill progression matrix’, very few staff find it possible to achieve the equivalent of the real living wage. 
 
Most hospitality sector staff are paid the minimum wage, a situation that has contributed to well documented labour shortages across the industry. 
 
Unite national officer for hospitality, Dave Turnbull, said: “We have long campaigned for better pay at Premier Inn and for Whitbread to recognise and work with Unite to improve standards for staff.