TRADE unionists claimed victory yesterday in their fight for all 10,000 workers for a security company to receive the voluntary living wage.
Securitas has agreed to phase in the living wage of £10.20 an hour in London and £8.75 an hour elsewhere by 2020.
The deal applies not only to the firm’s employees, represented by general union GMB, but also to contract workers.
GMB national officer Roger Jenkins said the pledge from Securitas was “fantastic.”
“GMB members in security do an incredible job — from risking their own lives on a daily basis to saving the lives of others and protecting the public and property in the current high-level terrorist threat.
“For too long these workers have been undervalued and underpaid and we applaud Securitas in being the first major security employer to recognise the true value of their role.
“The very least these highly trained, highly skilled professionals deserve is a living wage.”