Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins says he is ready to discuss paying a living wage to all Barclays workers
Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins says he is ready to discuss paying a living wage to all Barclays staff worldwide and to work alongside UNI Global Union to get the initiative started.
Speaking at the Barclays AGM in London this week, Jenkins said, “We are very proud of our certification as a living wage employer in the UK and take this commitment very seriously.”
“We are ready to discuss this global initiative with UNI Global Union.”
Barclays recently became one of the first banks to become a UK living wage employer, yet thousands of workers around the world will not feel the benefits of an exclusively UK-based agreement.
UNI Finance’s Global Policy Coordinator, Elise Buckle, who was present at the London AGM questioned Jenkins, asking “Barclays is a living employer in the UK, which is a great achievement for staff working here, but does Barclays plan to become a living wage employer globally?”
“Barclays staff, particularly in Africa are making considerably less than their UK counterparts. Barclays could seize the opportunity to be an industry leader and become the first global living wage employer.”
“UNI are ready and willing to start a constructive dialogue with Barclays.”
At the end of the meeting, Mr. Jenkins told UNI he had received the letter from the General Secretary Philip Jennings and he was interested in discussing this initiative as well as the governance involved. He gave UNI his business card and said that Baclays would be in touch for organizing a meeting with the Head of Human Resources.
Jenkins’ positive response came after a global day of action on social media with UNI affiliates sending in messages of solidarity and support for a global living wage scheme at Barclays.