“Millions of people across the country will get up today, leave their families and travel to work to carry out jobs that we all depend on. They will care for people, serve us food, clean the spaces that we all use and share. They will do more than a fair day’s work, but they won’t get a fair day’s pay.”
So said the Archbishop of York John Sentamu, writing in The Observer yesterday. What the Bishop didn’t mention is that some of those people will not receive any pay at all. In fact they could even be working – under threat of benefit sanctions – for the YMCA, the organisation of which he is the president.
Despite the Bishop condemning poverty pay, the organisation he heads uses workfare at both a national and local level. Throughout the country people are mopping floors, stacking shelves and serving customers in YMCA…
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