As of 1 February 2022, the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners (WCEC) is an accredited Living Wage Employer. It is the first and only City of London Livery company to achieve this status.
The WCEC says it is “proud to show solidarity with its exceptional colleagues who excelled themselves during the pandemic”. It added: “Throughout, the cleaning industry was up-front and present, working steadfastly to keep our built environment clean and hygienic, including, most vitally, hospitals. The role of the cleaning industry is often undervalued, but its contribution was highlighted during our country’s greatest crisis since the war.”
Gary Fage, Master of the WCEC, commented: “The Living Wage demonstrates an understanding that without fair pay, we cannot adequately resource our industry. Fair is fair when it comes to remuneration. I’d like to recognise the foresight and efforts of the WCEC Court Assistant, Phil Smith, whose experience with the Living Wage Foundation and as a founding member of the Recognised Service Provider Scheme have helped to smooth our livery’s way to becoming a Living Wage Employer.”
The WCEC will report annually to reconfirm its status. Furthermore, there will be a dedicated area on the WCEC website specific to its Living Wage Employer status and any related initiatives.