Pay all staff the Living Wage

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Pay all staff the Living Wage

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Fair Cumbria? started this petition to Cumbria County Council, Cabinet Member for Organisational Change (Councillor Ian Stewart) and

UK income inequality is among the highest in the developed world and evidence shows that this is bad for almost everyone. Since the publication of The Spirit Level in 2009, local equality groups have been set up around the UK to campaign for and raise awareness about the need for greater equality of income in this country. One of the most basic ways of achieving this is to lift low paid workers and their families out of poverty by implementing the Living Wage. Many of these workers work in cleaning and care work, jobs that are contracted out by local authorities to agencies and private companies.

We the undersigned petition Cumbria County Council to become a Living Wage employer.

We welcome the recent commitment to pay all staff the out of London National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour. 

However we believe the Council should insist that all employees of contractors working on qualifying service contracts be paid the Living Wage. 

Finally the Council should encourage all employers, both directly and through their sub-contractors, to promote the Living Wage principle throughout the County.

 

Further Info

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually (it is presently £7.20). It is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. Outside of London the rate is calculated by the Centre for Research in Social Policy. Employers sign up to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. Paying the Living Wage is good for business, good for the individual and good for society. An independent study of the business benefits of implementing a Living Wage policy in London found that more than 80% of employers believe that the Living Wage had enhanced the quality of the work of their staff, while absenteeism had fallen by approximately 25%.

Two thirds of employers reported a significant impact on recruitment and retention within their organisation. 70% of employers felt that the Living Wage had increased consumer awareness of their organisation’s commitment to be an ethical employer. A Living Wage affords people the dignity to provide for themselves and their families.

75% of employees reported increases in work quality as a result of receiving the Living Wage. 50% of employees felt that the Living Wage had made them more willing to implement changes in their working practices; enabled them to require fewer concessions to effect change; and made them more likely to adopt changes more quickly. The Living Wage campaign was launched in 2001 by parents in East London, who were frustrated that working two minimum wage jobs left no time for family life. Over 10,000 London families have been lifted out of working poverty as a direct result of the Living Wage. We can and should do this in Cumbria and Cumbria County Council should lead the way.

For more information:

www.equalitytrust.org.uk
www.livingwage.org.uk

 

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