The rally, held
in the square of Westminster Cathedral, was preceded by a mass for
migrant workers in the cathedral church. It was attended by 2,000
people. The mass is the first of its kind and is organized with the
support of London Citizens, a community-based organization.
A “living wage”
is the minimum level necessary for a human standard of living. London
Mayor Ken Livingstone's Living Wage Unit has recommended a living wage
of £6.70 an hour in London compared with the current adult minimum wage
of £5.05 an hour, which will rise to £5.35 in October.
In recent years,
thousands of migrant workers from central and eastern European states
new to the European Union have come to London. These workers have been
credited with keeping inflation down, but they have suffered with low
pay and poor living standards.
The cardinal has
highlighted the plight of migrant workers and called on Catholic
parishes in the capital to welcome migrants whatever their legal status.
teaching states that as a matter of justice, human beings have a right
to work for a salary which will support them and their families.
Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and other senior clerics joined trade union
leaders at a rally yesterday, on the fest of St. Joseph the Worker, in
calling for a living wage for workers in the United Kingdom, reported