November 2012 saw the start of the first ever Living Wage Week with an increase to £8.55 per hour and a part time cleaner from Principle Cleaning Services who works at Lloyd’s took to the stage to promote The Living Wage Foundation.
Principle Cleaning Services staff at Lloyd’s of London are paid the living wage as it is an accredited employer and to highlight the benefits of staff being paid a living wage some of Principle Cleaning’s cleaners were interviewed to give their story.
The Living Wage Foundation felt that one member of staff had a story which highlighted the benefits and a member of Principle Cleaning and Lloyd’s staff, Lovebridge Achempoang, was invited to speak at the official announcement event hosted by Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London.
Lovebridge, 40, is originally from Ghana. He lives in Shoreditch in a one-bedroom flat that he shares with his wife and three young daughters. Regarding the Living Wage he said: “Just that extra bit of work has enabled me to pay for food, clothes, the childrens’ school meals and bills. Before we could pay for food and nothing else and had to borrow from a friend all the time. The London Living Wage has helped us a lot more than when I was working full time on a minimum wage, as I needed another job for when my full time one finished for the day, so I was lucky to find this. I can now work eight hours a day, come home, take a rest, take care of my children and then go out to work again.”
The photo shows Lovebridge Achempoang speaking at the event with Boris Johnson (credit Bartek Olszewski).