Living Wage Campaign at Celtic

Published on Wednesday 28th September, 2016 by Celtic Trust

Announcement re Living Wage resolution to the AGM

Last year the PLC Board agreed to pay all permanent staff the then current Living Wage rate as a minimum. The Chairman also implied that this minimum rate would be reviewed at the time of the normal annual wage review at Celtic - 1st July. What he did not tell us, but which they actually did, was to remove the annual bonus from all staff who had their wages raised as a result of this development ie the lowest paid employees were removed from the bonus scheme. We recognise that a guaranteed higher wage is preferable to a discretionary bonus but we felt, and said publicly at the time, that it was a mean and petty move by Celtic and amounted to giving with one hand and taking away with the other.

We are now advised by Celtic that the minimum hourly rate paid at Celtic Park is £8.25 - as of 1st July - which is the current Living Wage and will be until the new rate is announced in November.

As it stands, the wage policy at Celtic falls short of the conditions that would allow the Club to be an accredited Living Wage employer in that it does not commit to the uprate; does not guarantee that sub-contracted workers on Celtic's premises are also paid the Living Wage and does not pay the rate to its non-permanent employees ie about 400 workers mainly employed as match day staff and in retail. In addition, if uprates continue to be paid on 1st July then it will be paying less than the Living Wage for around 8 months of every year. Having said that, accredited LW employers are allowed a period of six months to apply the new rate so they are not too far behind those accredited employers who take the full six months.

Mindful of the progress that has been made - small though it is - the Celtic Trust have decided not to bring a Living Wage resolution to the PLC AGM this year. We have not abandoned the campaign and will continue to bring pressure to bear on Celtic via our normal meetings and through, we hope, the new forum when it is implemented, to become fully accredited Living Wage employers.

We thank everyone for all of the support we had for this campaign, those who signed the petition and supported the resolutions at the previous two AGMs. The lowest paid workers have now been paid more than they would have been without this campaign and we are delighted about that. We hope you will continue to support us, and that, unless national political developments overtake it, we will soon be able to say that our Club is an Accredited Living Wage employer. We think Brother Walfrid would have wanted that, don't you?

 
 

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Saltouncelt says:
2016-10-18 12:05:14
 

This is disappointing after yesterday's publicity about Celtic paying the living wage but as you say, it is a start.
Another item doing the rounds yesterday was a petition to have a sensory room at CP so that autistic supporters can enjoy the atmosphere on match day. I believe Notts Co were the first in England to have such a room followed by Sunderland. I even read that the RIFC arranged a fan collection to go towards such a room at their place.
Could the Trust get involved in this kind of campaign to encourage the PLC to provide the resources?
I think it's a wonderful idea.

 
 
Saltouncelt says:
2016-10-18 12:05:13
 

This is disappointing after yesterday's publicity about Celtic paying the living wage but as you say, it is a start.
Another item doing the rounds yesterday was a petition to have a sensory room at CP so that autistic supporters can enjoy the atmosphere on match day. I believe Notts Co were the first in England to have such a room followed by Sunderland. I even read that the RIFC arranged a fan collection to go towards such a room at their place.
Could the Trust get involved in this kind of campaign to encourage the PLC to provide the resources?
I think it's a wonderful idea.

 
 
 

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