City Hall should its buying power to drive down pay inequality, according to London Assembly member Darren Johnson.
The AM wants Mayor Boris Johnson to pressure companies entering into contracts with City Hall and its agencies to sign up to a Fair Pay mark, committing them to reduce the pay gap between ordinary workers and top staff.
Mr Johnson, who represents the Green party on the Assembly, said: “The Mayor’s own organisations had almost 100 people earning more than £150k last year – that’s ten times the pay of a worker on the London Living Wage.
“But this isn’t just about public sector fat cats because he competes for top staff with the private sector where the pay gap is even worse.
“I’m arguing that the Mayor can do something about the growing pay gulf between ordinary people and those at the top, both in the public and private sector.
“Research has shown that more equal societies are generally happier and healthier with less violent crime. We can’t afford not to reduce the pay gap in this divided city.”
Mr Johnson has published a report which sets out his full proposals.