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WCEC first livery company to be accredited as Living Wage employer
As of 1st February 2022, the 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. 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.
"The Living Wage demonstrates an understanding that without fair pay, we cannot adequately resource our industry,” says Gary Fage, Master of the WCEC. “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.
The WCEC one of 110 Livery Companies which are based upon trades, industries and professions and carry on the ancient traditions of the Guilds and Livery Companies which started in the 12th century. Formed in 1972 as the Guild of Cleaners and subsequently known as the Guild of Master Cleaners, the Company was granted full Livery Status in 1986 as the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, the 97th Livery Company of the City of London. HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh was an Honorary Freeman of the Company.
The Company aims to encourage and maintain high standards of practice and integrity while promoting and supporting education, training and research projects within the cleaning industry. Examples of its efforts to raise the industry can be seen in its achievement of a Royal Charter in 2010, and granting of its Charter of Registered Practitioners, in 2021.
3rd March 2022