Dawn last week joined students of Ark Academy and MPs at a Living Wage event in Parliament hosted by Citizens UK.
The students gave an impassioned speech about their campaign and how they’d been lobbying the FA to pay the living wage.
However the students expressed disappointment in the FA’s response and were told of the need to invest money into pitches across the country. The student said the FA values pitches more than people.
The students stressed how everyone in Brent knows someone who works at Wembley stadium which made this campaign so important to them.
Ms Butler committed to meet the students and help set up a new meeting with the FA to discuss how they can take the campaign further.
Dawn Butler, MP for Brent Central, said:
“It was a great pleasure to meet these talented students from Brent in Parliament, and I fully support their important campaign to ensure everyone working at Wembley earns the Living Wage. Everyone in Brent and around the country deserves a decent wage to live on.
I am pleased that in the Labour Party we have committed to raise the minimum wage to the level of the real Living Wage – likely to be at least £10 per hour by 2020 – for all workers aged 18 or over. This will ensure that work pays – and it will particularly benefit workers from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, who are more likely to be on low pay.
Brent Council is a living wage Borough and we need to ensure that all companies adhere to that so that Brent is the best Borough to live, work and play.”