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ODA renege on Minimum Wage deal

Protesters last night picketed a London event in a row over what they claimed was the Olympic Delivery Authority's refusal to guarantee a wage deal. Officials from umbrella group London Citizens say they struck an accord in 2004 obliging London's mayor, Ken Livingstone, to seek a minimum wage for workers on Olympic projects.

As London Chamber of Commerce members arrived at last night's event in Park Lane, demonstrators demanded a "slice of the Olympic cake".

From: Protesters picket London Olympics body in pay row, The Guardian, Hugh Muir, 21 9 06

London Living Wage

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Fears have been raised about the prospect of hospitality workers being paid less than a living wage on the 2012 Olympics project. The London Citizens campaign group has accused the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) of reneging on an agreement signed in 2004 to pay Olympic workers a minimum London weighted living wage of £7.05 an hour.

But the ODA has denied ever signing a deal with the group, insisting it could not force contractors to pay the enhanced hourly rate. Neil Jameson, lead campaigner at London Citizens, told Caterer sister title Personnel Today: "The ODA has, in effect, lied to us by saying that it now has no obligation to pay workers a decent wage."

But David Higgins, chief executive of the ODA, rejected the claim and said the authority was committed to promoting the improved wage. He said while it would "encourage" contractors to pay the living wage, it was too early to say how that would work in practice.

From: Olympic workers need to be paid London living wage, Caterer Search, 27 September 2006

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Signing the Agreement Nov 2004Signing the Agreement Nov 2004Lord Coe, Ken Livingstone and the Chair of the LDA signed a five page statement of economic guarantees at City Hall in front of 40 London Citizens leaders and the national press.

Guarantees include payment of the London Living Wage to all workers on Olympic projects, a construction training academy in east London, local labour clauses and allocation of land for affordable homes and the Community Land Trust. The campaign is now focussed on making sure that the Olympic Delivery Authority honours these commitments to make sure London 2012 benefits all in East London.

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