Mayoral hopefuls back 'wage'

London mayoral candidates agreed to implement a £6.70-an-hour 'living wage' for poorer workers in the capital after attending an 'accountability assembly' organised by civic activism charity London Citizens.

All candidates, including Ken Livingstone and Tory candidate Steve Norris, agreed to the proposal to establish a unit in City Hall to encourage employers to pay the living wage and ensure that outsourced workers in London institutions receive it.

Around 2,000 people attended the assembly, drawn from London Citizens institutional members made up from trade union branches, churches, mosques, schools and community associations, last week.

The candidates also agreed to meet with representatives of London Citizens, should they win the post on June 10, two months after the election, and at least once a year after that, to monitor the implementation of the proposal.

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