Monday, 1 April 2013

Living Wage: implemented today at Leicester City Council

Today (1 April 2013) 1100 staff at Leicester City Council will see their pay increase to the level of the Living Wage.

I have blogged previously on this here.

I am pleased that as a Labour administration we have delivered this. I argued for a commitment to the Living Wage in our manifesto for the city council elections in 2011. Adopting the Living Wage for the lowest paid council staff is the first step.

The next and important challenge is to work to encourage other employers, in the public, private and voluntary sectors, to do likewise. This will include exploring ways to encourage organisations contracted by the city council to pay the Living Wage as well.

Initially at the city council the Living Wage will be paid as a supplement to pay, this is the quickest way of implementing the Living Wage from the start of this financial year. It means that 1100 staff will see their pay increase from today, this includes over 280 kitchen assistants and over 270 cleaners.

Leicester Mercury article on Living Wage at
Leicester City Council.

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