Gunners Town co-owners Dave (@goonerdave66) and Paul (@invinciblog) were approached to lend their support to the following statement, and do so with the utmost pleasure:
The Supporters’ groups and fan websites named below have come together to call on Arsenal FC to pay the London Living Wage to all club employees, including all those who contribute to the matchday experience. These employees, such as cleaners, catering staff, stewards & programme sellers, all work hard to ensure the day goes smoothly for the fans.
In this day and age, where players’ wages, transfer fees and revenue from TV rights have all increased hugely, very much in contrast to the last 6 years of recession and austerity faced by many employees and fans of the team, we believe it is right for Arsenal to pay the London Living Wage.
We are a club that prides itself on our history, class and reputation for ‘doing things the right way’. Majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, has been directly quoted as saying one of the reasons for choosing our club for investment was our “tradition & values”.
Therefore as a united group, we urge Ivan Gazidis and the Arsenal board to revisit this issue and show that once again Arsenal can do the right thing. We ask them to lead from the front and demonstrate that Premier League clubs can be fair to all their employees. This includes part timers, casual staff and where possible those employed indirectly, many of whom are also fans and local residents.
Agreed and signed by the following distinguished Arsenal fanzines, podcasts and websites:
A Bergkamp Wonderland
Angry of Islington
Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association
Arsenal Supporters’ Trust
Arsenal Fan TV
Black Scarf Movement
Block 5 Gooner
Gooner Girls Podcast
North London Is Red
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
The Arsenal Forum
The Gooner Fanzine