Back then, Camden’s dinner ladies were on just above minimum pay. They ranked among the 4.9 million employees in this country who the Resolution Foundation describes as earning less than a living wage – a group that has swollen vastly in size since the banking crash.
In 2008 the London Living Wage was £7.45 an hour. Today it is £9.15 an hour.
A 23 % rise in that living wage while wages in general haven’t moved is going to lead to the number paid under it rising.
Just fancy that, eh?
Chakrabortty’s knowledge of numbers is so deep and nuanced, isn’t it?
However highfalutin the excuses made by a society for paying a few people millions and many, many more below subsistence,
The living wage is not defined by subsistence. That’s a perversion of the language in fact.
And the thing that he buries:
With the general election imminent, the council and Caterlink agreed to the demands.
The council agreed to pay more to the catering company to raise the wages. This isn’t a fight against naked capitalism, this is the ratepayers of Camden coughing up for those who serve their children their lunch.