Alexis Sanchez salary ‘fails Old Trafford stadium workers’

first_imgFour of the Premier League’s top five highest paid players are now at Manchester United with Paul Pogba earning £280,000-per-week, Romelu Lukaku £250,000 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic £220,000.Kevin De Bruyne’s new Manchester City contract puts him third, with weekly wages of £280,000.Mr Naeem is a season ticket holder, but added: “Sir Alex Ferguson often used to say that from the kitchen to the top we are all one family. You would like to think that they would do everything to make sure that they are doing everything right ethically.”Reverend Ian Rutherford, Chair of Greater Manchester Citizens and City Centre Minister at Methodist Central Hall, Manchester said: “As the winter transfer window closes many workers at Old Trafford will be choosing between putting the heating on or a hot meal.“We’ve heard many stories about the real cost of life on low pay for workers at Old Trafford, many of whom are employed directly and struggling to live with dignity.”In a statement sent to talkSPORT, the club said: “Manchester United pays its staff competitive salaries for the jobs they undertake. We have many variations of contracts in place due to the size of the club, although all permanent employees, whether engaged on a full or part-time hours basis, are paid the Voluntary Living Wage, in line with the Premier League agreement.“Staff welfare is very important to the club and we consistently score in the top quartile of employers measured in independent surveys on staff satisfaction.”At 11am on 1 February, campaigners will deliver a letter to Manchester United’s Executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward, outlining their requests.The letter is as follows:* * *Ed Woodward, Executive Vice Chairman, Manchester UnitedSir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 0RADear Ed,We are writing as representatives of the local community to request a meeting with you to discuss how we can work together to see Manchester United FC become a real Living Wage employer.We are Manchester Citizens, a group of leaders from faith, educational and community institutions, as well as parents, parishioners, students, local residents, and football fans. We’re asking you to do the right thing on behalf of the lowest paid staff at Manchester United football club, who have told us of their struggles on low pay in a time when football players are receiving a king’s ransom in wages every week.As the 2018 winter transfer window draws to a close Manchester United FC is once again named the richest football club in the world and is as of this month home to three of the top five highest paid Premier League footballers, we are asking you to show leadership by taking a community-first business approach to ensure the cost of living is met for low-paid workers.The community spirit and passion of low-paid staff has helped to build the club’s prestigious reputation as the Theatre of Dreams. Workers who dedicate time spent away from their families; cleaners and security staff who work on night shifts; everyone who makes the magic of match day happen deserves to live with dignity.We acknowledge the vital contribution that Manchester United FC makes to the UK economy as a global brand. We would be delighted if this boost could be reflected in a wage uplift for all low-paid staff, including sub-contracted workers and casual part time staff, a commitment that has already been made by three other Premier League clubs – Chelsea, Everton and West Ham. moral leadership from a world-renowned football club such as Manchester United would be welcomed by fans and staff alike.We know from speaking to match day staff that some young people are paid less than £7 per hour and are struggling to make ends meet. Why not extend the beliefs of the Manchester United Foundation, which already does good work investing in community engagement with grassroots football and on other charitable causes to supporting your low paid workers and their families with a wage rate that truly reflects the cost of living in our city?We would like to meet with you and your team at your earliest convenience to discuss how we could work together to see Manchester United FC move to paying a real Living Wage to all staff and contractors in 2018.We’re co-signing this letter as the Manchester member institutions and supporters of community organising charity Citizens UK’s campaign on Premier League low pay. The campaign is encouraging both Manchester clubs and all clubs in the Premiership to pay a living wage.We can be contacted on [email protected] We look forward to hearing from you to arrange a date to meet.Yours sincerely,Greater Manchester Citizens, Citizens UKReverend Ian Rutherford, Co Chair, Greater Manchester Citizens and City Centre Minister at Methodist Central Hall, ManchesterSteven North, Branch Secretary, Salford City UNISON and North West Representative to UNISON National Executive CouncilLynn Sbaih, Coordinator, GM Living Wage Campaign, Greater Manchester Citizens UK is calling on the club to sign up to the Living Wage Foundation and pay all its workers the real Living Wage of £8.75-per-hour.Executive Director Neil Jameson said: “Not only is Manchester United turning a blind eye to the harsh realities faced by the undervalued low-paid staff it employs, the club seemingly has a bottomless pit to pay players.“It is time they showed leadership by getting their house in order and doing the right thing by those who work hard for them off the pitch.”Sophie (not her real name), who works in hospitality at Manchester United FC, said: “The pay I am getting right now is pretty low for any job. A pay rise wouldn’t seem much to most people but it would be a big help. It would help me with the groceries, daily stuff and help with the rent.” Manchester United are being accused of ‘turning a blind eye’ to their low-level stadium staff by paying Alexis Sanchez £400,000-per-week.Charity Citizens UK says it will take the Chilean 82 minutes of his potential home debut against Huddersfield this Saturday to earn the annual salary of a low-paid stadium worker: £14,625.The organisation insists Sanchez’s contract reveals ‘a grotesque tale of two halves with many low-paid staff struggling to make ends meet’.Former Old Trafford steward Furqan Naeem, 31, told talkSPORT: “For a football club the size of Mancheter United it is a scandal that those on the lowest wages do not get paid the living wage.” 3 Alexis Sanchez is reportedly paid £400,000-per-week at Manchester United 3 3last_img