Manchester City and Arsenal fans urge their clubs to pay living wage

• Fans groups write to clubs before Manchester City v Arsenal
• Many matchday staff at both clubs on low pay
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Manchester City and Arsenal supporters have jointly written to the two clubs before Sunday’s Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium calling on them to pay all staff a living wage. The letter, signed by the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association, Man City Fans Living Wage Campaign, Canal Street Blues, the GMB and Unison unions and Islington politicians, focuses on the hundreds of the clubs’ matchday staff still on low pay.

Arsenal and City say the people they directly employ are paid at least the £7.85 an hour (£9.15 per hour in London) which is assessed by Loughborough University’s Centre for Research in Social Policy, for the campaign body Citizens UK, to be the minimum a person can decently live on and provide for a family. However, those working as stewards and in clubs’ large catering operations on matchdays are employed by contracted companies or agencies and many are understood to be on the legal minimum wage, which is £6.50 per hour for adults, £5.13 per hour for 18-20 year olds.

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