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Can SOLT morally reject a request for the London living wage?

Backstage and front-of-house workers' union BECTU has said this week that its members are seeking a 6% pay rise, when the pay review takes place in October. Taking place against a backdrop of rising box office takings and an increase in the cost of living over the last few years, the proposed deal would also bring the London Living Wage into play.

This would make a big difference to those on the lowest pay grades - including some front front of house staff. A two-tier London weighting system would provide the bedrock of the new wage calculations. Front of house staff in particular have been vocal about low pay rates in the West End - especially with some musicals' top price 'premium' tickets coming in at £90+.

  • Does the proposed offer do enough for staff, who work anti-social hours, often have to commute during peak times and deal with ongoing job insecurity?
  • Should other benefits be included, such as the right to a travel loan for full-time staff - often saving two month's worth of travel costs per year?
  • Or should staff deal with the fact that many across the capital are low-paid and with poor benefits and join the queue?
  • Does BECTU have enough clout to get this through, or will the producers and theatre owners win over in the end?
  • Could the SOLT team morally reject a living wage request?

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