East London students are set to present a letter to London City Airport urging managers to implement the London Living Wage (LLW) for staff.

The delegation from the University of East London will call on the neighbouring business to pay its cleaners an hourly rate of £9.15.

UEL adopted the benchmark for its team of subcontractors in 2011.

Principal lecturer Dr Tim Hall said: “With in-work benefits about to be cut back, it is absolutely vital that firms that can pay their employees the living wage, do so.

“By our calculations City Airport could become a living wage employer by raising its air fares by just 1p and this is what we want to encourage.”

A spokesperson for London City Airport said: "London City Airport is an LLW employer – all 500 of its directly employed staff are paid more than the LLW of £9.15.

"The remainder of those who work on the airport’s campus – some 1500 people (including cleaning staff) – are employed by other companies based on the site, such as WHSmith, Pret a Manger and Avis.

"LCY cannot dictate to these companies what they pay their staff.

"We’d be interested to know how Mr Hall has done his calculations, which show that the airport could raise its fares by 1p, as it is the airlines – BA, CityJet, SWISS - that fly the aircraft and set the fares and the airport has no influence over these either."

The students intend to present their letter on Wednesday, June 24.

On the same day, The East London Community Organisation will also present UEL vice chancellor Professor John Joughin with a plaque to recognise the facility’s promotion of the LLW.

Professor Joughin said: “But it is not enough that we just lead by example by paying all our employees the LLW.

“We must also take a leading role in encouraging our neighbouring employers to do the same.”