I’ve just been browsing the news, as I do everyday looking for anything of particular interest regarding the Villa.
And I’ve just come across a story where Everton have committed to pay it’s employees the living wage.
If you’re as naive as me, you’re probably wondering what the big deal is or even wondering why they’re so late getting there.
But the truth is, it seems they’re only the second club to have made such a commitment, after (what seems) Chelsea.
This is an utter disgrace, in my opinion.
Now I’m not going to encourage any politics here, but we all know the modern desire is to make money.
The more you make, the better you are, regardless of any costs/downsides. That’s how it is.
But we’re not talking new, up and coming companies here, who need to save every penny.
We’re talking multi million pound companies, who pay the top employees (the players) obscene amounts of money to kick a bag of wind around twice a week at most.
We often hear about the difference between company directors and average pay, but how vast must the difference be between our top players and those who clear the rubbish from under the seats every week?
And it’s not like we’re talking millions of pounds to sort this out either.
I know we employ a few hundred workers, but most only do a couple/few hours a week.
It’s peanuts in the scheme of a club like the Villa and we aren’t even in the Prem!
None of the Premier league clubs have any excuse whatsoever for not paying the living wage, in my opinion.
I’m not offering to put myself out there as some great campaigner (those days have gone).
But we should at least talk about it and spread the message.
And if you don’t agree, just consider the amount of money washing about in the game.