Manchester United and Manchester City have been asked to pay staff who may depend on food banks because they don’t earn enough, while these clubs are not accredited with Living Wage Foundation
Manchester food banks have asked the city’sPremier League
clubs to pay their staff the real living wage.
forward, has been encouraged and supported because he highlighted the issue of child food poverty, which has been exacerbated by the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, his club and their near neighbours are not accredited with the Living Wage Foundation.
Matt Stallard, the chair of the city’s central food bank, noticed that many of the people are employed but they can’t afford the living wage.
A letter has written by the food banks and the Greater Manchester Citizens to the executives asking them to adopt the living wage for all staff.
The letter, addressed to Ferran Soriano atCity
and Ed Woodward at United, said: “Both clubs are loved by so many in the city, and many have been inspired by the vital work your clubs have done during the pandemic, especially the incredible campaign led by Marcus Rashford MBE to tackle child food poverty.
“But the reality is that many of your own staff, including caterers and cleaners, are themselves struggling to put food on the table because they don’t earn the real living wage.”
United, along with the club’s foundation and through their partnership with the FareShare charity, distributed 5,000 meals to children eligible to free school meals during the October half-term.
United said: “Given the size of the club and with such a varied workforce across a number of specialist areas, staff salaries do differ, depending on their remit.
“However, all permanent and temporary employees, whether engaged on a full or part-time basis, are paid the national living wage.”
Manchester City have also been approached for comment.