Saying that now just isn’t good for them, four Premier League clubs who each have a yearly wage bill of more than £200 million have vowed to pay their employees the living wage when the time is right.
Speaking today as the chairmen of Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal left a five-star hotel in London, a spokesman for the group of clubs revealed that they would currently pay the living wage if things weren’t so tight at the moment.
“It’s just not ideal right now. We’ve got a lot of things going on at the minute and we just want to ensure we have everything in order before we commit to such an undertaking,” said the spokesperson, adding that, when they thought about it, it was a little selfish of workers to demand a basic income on which they can live comfortably at such a crucial time for the clubs.
“Maybe when the television deal hits £10 billion we can take a look at it, y’know? When we know for sure we can afford to pay our workers just over £8 an hour.”
At press time, the clubs were planning a press conference, expected to cost close to £500,000, to announce their commitment to thinking about paying the living wage.