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Pay workers on the Camden schools Caterlink contract at least the London living wage of £8.80 per hour
Camden Council proudly proclaims it is a London Living Wage employer, but the mostly part-time women workers at Caterlink, who employ the majority of Camden’s school meals staff, receive only barely above the national minimum wage: £6.60 per hour - even though they have contracts in other authorities or educational workplaces where they pay the London Living Wage. Camden school kitchen workers have the right to live, not just exist! One worker describes her situation, earning minimum wage for several years:"On my wages I can’t afford to do things with my family – even simple things like the cinema or treats for my son when he’s done good work at school. I can’t afford his trainers, I can’t visit my family who live around London. I want to fight for the living wage as it affects our children who don’t get any benefit from our work providing healthy meals for Camden’s school children. They see the worst of their parents when we have money stress as well as being physically exhausted at the end of the day."