Despite starring the very wooden Steven Seagal, Under Siege is one of the greatest action films of all time. In hijacking a US Navy battleship with nuclear weapons, the terrorists discount him as 'only a cook'. It looks like Ealing Council did something similar with the real hero that is Michael Milne who campaigned to have his fellow catering staff given the London Living Wage.
After eight years of refusing they now are going to pay the higher rate in August. Seagal is probably too old to play Mr Milne in Under Siege 3 but perhaps Brad Pitt will be available. Credit here must also go to EalingToday who published an article on this last month which appears to have shamed the council into acting.
If Labour want to understand why they are losing in places like Hartlepool they should reflect why a party of their name and tradition did not see it as a priority to make sure that people in the employ of councils were paid enough to live with some dignity.
Although this is undoubtedly an example of patrician hypocrisy on behalf of the Labour Party, before anyone jumps on the bandwagon to give them a bashing, bear in mind that most Conservative councils do not pay the LLW and the party has been an enthusiastic advocate of contracting out to save the taxpayer money.
Gordon Southwell ● 157d3 Comments
Agree absolutely with Gordon's assessment of Under Siege and well done to Michael Milne.
Mark Evans ● 157d
Interesting. I wonder if Julian Bell saw the writing on the wall and didn't want his successor to get the credit for the decision while landing him with the headache of how to fund it.
Mark Evans ● 157d
And who, four or five years ago, was the cabinet member for ‘prosperity’ who was supposed to ensure all workers recurved this wage?Step forward Peter Mason. Clearly the ‘prosperity’ was for the few not the many. We’re you asleep on the job?https://www.ealing.gov.uk/news/article/1700/ealing_welcomes_the_new_london_living_wage_week_rate
Simon Hayes ● 157d