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WLC Celebrates Living Wage Week With Ealing Council and Ealing Citizens

Ealing Council, Ealing Citizens and West London College, along with partners, businesses and residents, joined to celebrate Living Wage Week at a special event on Monday 14 November. Over 80 people attended the event, including Virendra Sharma MP, council leader Peter Mason and many other Ealing councillors, partners and Living Wage campaigners.

Assistant Principal Dean Vaughan and Virendra Sharma MP with students
Assistant Principal Dean Vaughan and Virendra Sharma MP with students

As part of Living Wage Week (14 – 20 November), the Ealing Living Wage Celebration event took place at West London College’s Southall Community College to encourage local employers to offer the Living Wage, an independently set rate that reflects the real costs of living in London.

Living Wage employers, including Ealing Council and Heathrow Airport, spoke about the benefits of paying and receiving the Living Wage. 

The event was chaired by ESOL students at Southall Community College, who led guests on an entertaining journey of the living wage past, present and future in Ealing using a quiz, as well as their personal contributions and testimonies. Awards were presented at the end of the event for local living wage employers: Heathrow, Ealing Council, Alexanders Removals and Storage, and Berkeley Group.

Ealing Council leader Peter Mason said: “Following Ealing Council’s commitment to invest £8million over four years in adult social care, we are pleased to announce that we will be adopting the real living wage for homecare workers in Ealing from this week onwards. We’re enormously proud of this uplift, which will make a huge difference to the lives of home care workers in Ealing.”

Speakers at the event, including students, Virendra Sharma MP, Cllrs Mason and Mahfouz, Tom Hewitt from UWL, Head of ESOL Alex Hallawell, ESOL teacher Marie Nekesa and Jose from Citizens UK
Speakers at the event, including students, Virendra Sharma MP, Cllrs Mason and Mahfouz, Tom Hewitt from UWL, Head of ESOL Alex Hallawell, ESOL teacher Marie Nekesa and Jose from Citizens UK

The Living Wage, £11.95 per hour, is a rate based on living costs. It is voluntarily paid by over 11,000 UK employers who believe their staff deserve a wage which meets their everyday needs, rather than the government minimum of £9.50 per hour.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, council’s cabinet member for decent living incomes, who also attended the event added: “To those businesses in Ealing that are already paying the Living Wage – we commend you. We know it might not be easy and we thank you for making sure your staff have not just jobs, but decent and well-paid jobs. It was fantastic to gather together at the college event to celebrate Living Wage employers in Ealing.”

The West London College ESOL students who took part in the facilitating the event were: Kumbela Gabriel Mamuan Gana. Awin Rashid, Rajasthan Singh, Hiba Touri, Mumtas Yasin, Sakariye Cali, Anastasiia Kuryliak, Balmit Kukreja, Ahmad Khan. Kishor Suresh Bava, Vishika Dharmendra.

Hilal Yazan, Associate Organiser for Hounslow and Ealing, Citizens UK, said: “It’s very exciting to see our Ealing Citizens members, Southall Community College, hosting their first public action as members. It was my pleasure to work with ESOL Entry 3 students and so pleased to see them speak so confidently in public. I’m looking forward to building our work together in the college and working with Ealing Council to bring 200 living wage employers to Ealing.”

Alex Hallawell, Head of ESOL at West London College, said: “As a member of Citizens UK, West London College was delighted to work with Ealing Citizens and Ealing Council on the London Living Wage campaign. Several of our students took an active role in leading the event alongside the councillors which is fantastic for their education as well as for developing their self-confidence and public speaking skills.”

The Living Wage, £11.95 per hour, is a rate based on living costs. It is voluntarily paid by over 11,000 UK employers who believe their staff deserve a wage which meets their everyday needs, rather than the government minimum of £9.50 per hour.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, council’s cabinet member for decent living incomes, who also attended the event added: “To those businesses in Ealing that are already paying the Living Wage – we commend you. We know it might not be easy and we thank you for making sure your staff have not just jobs, but decent and well-paid jobs. It was fantastic to gather together at the college event to celebrate Living Wage employers in Ealing.”

The West London College ESOL students who took part in facilitating the event were Kumbela Gabriel Mamuan Gana. Awin Rashid, Rajasthan Singh, Hiba Touri, Mumtas Yasin, Sakariye Cali, Anastasiia Kuryliak, Balmit Kukreja, Ahmad Khan. Kishor Suresh Bava, Vishika Dharmendra.

Hilal Yazan, Associate Organiser for Hounslow and Ealing, Citizens UK, said: “It’s very exciting to see our Ealing Citizens members, Southall Community College, hosting their first public action as members. It was my pleasure to work with ESOL Entry 3 students and so pleased to see them speak so confidently in public. I’m looking forward to building our work together in the college and working with Ealing Council to bring 200 living wage employers to Ealing.”

Alex Hallawell, Head of ESOL at West London College, said: “As a member of Citizens UK, West London College was delighted to work with Ealing Citizens and Ealing Council on the London Living Wage campaign. Several of our students took an active role in leading the event alongside the councillors which is fantastic for their education as well as for developing their self-confidence and public speaking skills.”

You can watch a short video with excerpts from the Ealing Living Wage Celebration event here:

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