MP campaigns for all clubs to agree to higher rates
11 December ~ Chelsea have become the first professional club in England to pay their staff the living wage. From January 2015 the club will pay all their workers a minimum of £9.15 an hour, rather than the minimum wage of £6.50. The move comes after a campaign from David Lammy, who is the MP for Tottenham, highlighted the unfairness of wages for the staff of top clubs, while a GMB survey showed that 84 per cent of fans wanted their clubs to pay the higher rate. It would take a full-time minimum-wage cleaner or security guard more than 13 years to earn what top players make in a week, and Lammy says this is an issue about basic fairness. You can read more information and sign the petition here.