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Treatment Of Low-Paid Employees By Sotheby's

EDM number 309 in 2015-16, proposed by Roger Godsiff on 14/07/2015.
Categorised under the topics of Industrial relations, Pay and Service industries.

That this House condemns in the strongest possible terms the employment practices of Sotheby's and its cleaning contractor Servest, concerning cleaners and porters who are members of the trade union United Voices of the World (UVW); is appalled that Sotheby's and Servest consider peaceful protest to be an act of misconduct; further condemns Sotheby's decision to ban from the site cleaners and porters who took part in a lawful, peaceful protest to call for a real Living Wage, contractual sick pay and an end to trade union victimisation; calls on Sotheby's to backdate the London Living Wage to 1 November 2014 and confirm it will remain a Living Wage employer on 1 November 2015; further calls on Sotheby's to provide contractual sick pay rather than Statutory Sick Pay, which only provides £35 for the first week when an employee is off sick and £88.45 per week from there on, which means that the cleaners and porters are constrained to work when sick or to allow their families to go hungry; believes that it is disgraceful for such a wealthy company dealing in luxury goods to pay poverty wages to essential workers; and calls on Sotheby's to reinstate the cleaners and porters who have been banned from the site for exercising their right to protest lawfully and peacefully and to pay all staff the London Living Wage.

This motion has been signed by a total of 42 MPs.

Roger Godsiff14/07/2015Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourProposed
Alan Meale15/07/2015MansfieldLabourSeconded
Grahame Morris15/07/2015EasingtonLabourSeconded
Alex Salmond15/07/2015Seconded
David Anderson15/07/2015BlaydonLabourSeconded
Ronnie Campbell15/07/2015Blyth ValleyLabourSeconded
Kelvin Hopkins15/07/2015Luton NorthLabourSigned
Richard Burgon15/07/2015Leeds EastLabourSigned
Paul Flynn15/07/2015Newport WestLabourSigned
Deidre Brock16/07/2015Edinburgh North and LeithScottish National PartySigned
Michelle Thomson16/07/2015Edinburgh WestScottish National PartySigned
Chris Law16/07/2015Dundee WestScottish National PartySigned
Mary Glindon16/07/2015North TynesideLabourSigned
Chris Stephens16/07/2015Glasgow South WestScottish National PartySigned
Virendra Sharma16/07/2015Ealing, SouthallLabourSigned
John McDonnell16/07/2015Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Jim Cunningham16/07/2015Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Lady Hermon16/07/2015North DownIndependentSigned
Stewart McDonald16/07/2015Glasgow SouthScottish National PartySigned
John McNally20/07/2015FalkirkScottish National PartySigned
Alan Brown20/07/2015Kilmarnock and LoudounScottish National PartySigned
Hywel Williams20/07/2015ArfonPlaid CymruSigned
Dennis Skinner20/07/2015BolsoverLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn20/07/2015Islington NorthLabourSigned
Mike Gapes20/07/2015Ilford SouthLabourSigned
Paula Sherriff20/07/2015DewsburyLabourSigned
Natalie McGarry20/07/2015Glasgow EastScottish National PartySigned
Angela Rayner20/07/2015Ashton-under-LyneLabourSigned
Stuart McDonald20/07/2015Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch EastScottish National PartySigned
Caroline Lucas21/07/2015Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned
Mhairi Black21/07/2015Paisley and Renfrewshire SouthScottish National PartySigned
Patrick Grady21/07/2015Glasgow NorthScottish National PartySigned
Owen Thompson21/07/2015MidlothianScottish National PartySigned
Neil Gray21/07/2015Airdrie and ShottsScottish National PartySigned
Roger Mullin07/09/2015Kirkcaldy and CowdenbeathScottish National PartySigned
Rachael Maskell07/09/2015York CentralLabour/Co-operativeSigned
Drew Hendry07/09/2015Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and StrathspeyScottish National PartySigned
Helen Goodman07/09/2015Bishop AucklandLabourSigned
Peter Grant08/09/2015GlenrothesScottish National PartySigned
Ian Blackford08/09/2015Ross, Skye and LochaberScottish National PartySigned
Alasdair McDonnell08/09/2015Belfast SouthSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Clive Lewis17/09/2015Norwich SouthLabourSigned

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