Celtic 'bows to fan pressure' to pay all staff living wage

Celtic 'bows to fan pressure' to pay all staff living wage

17/10/2016 at 13:12Updated 17/10/2016 at 14:21

After a sustained campaign by club fans, Celtic have increased the wages of all club employees to the national Living Wage.

The Daily Record reports that the club's hundred or so lowest-paid employees have had their wages bumped up to £8.25 from £7.85.

The club's chairman Ian Bankier had said last year that it was "not in the interests" of the club to raise pay - a statement condemned as "penny pinching of the worst kind" by supporters.

But it seems that the pressure has come to bear, and Celtic's financial records showing that the pay rise actually came back in July.

A Celtic Trust spokesman said that there is still a way to go, however, with the club yet to be officially recognised as an Accredited Living Wage employer - and the cause is clearly close to the hearts of fans who respect the traditions of a football club founded by an Irish Marist called Brother Walfrid in 1887 to combat poverty in Glasgow.

"The lowest paid workers have now been paid more than they would have been without this campaign and we are delighted about that," the Celtic Trust statement said.

"We hope you will continue to support us, and that, unless national political developments overtake it, we will soon be able to say that our club is an Accredited Living Wage employer.

“We think Brother Walfrid would have wanted that, don’t you?”