Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly economic spokesperson, commenting on the decision by Oliver Bonas to become the first high street fashion chain in the UK to become an accredited Living Wage employer, said:
“The retail sector is sadly dominated by very low paying, insecure jobs. It is therefore significant when a high street fashion retailer like Oliver Bonas with stores across London in places such as Battersea, Cheapside, Clapham, Crouch End, Dulwich, Ealing, Kingston, Hampstead, Islington, Kensington, Putney and Richmond pledges to pay the London Living Wage.”
“The problem is that most employers so far signing up to the Living Wage have been organisations that had very few low paid employees in the first place, like banks and insurance firms. The vast majority of low paid employees work in sectors like hospitality and catering, cleaning, social care and retail. These are the sectors where we most need employers to raise their wages.
“Oliver Bonas has now set down a challenge to other retail companies to raise their wages too.”