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Stafford Labour councillor to propose Living Wage

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: November 26, 2012

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STAFFORD’S Labour councillors are set to call for the Borough Council to introduce the Living Wage at tomorrow’s full council meeting.

If agreed, the move would mean Stafford Borough Council following other local authorities including Birmingham City Council, Camden Council and Islington Council who have all committed to pay the living wage to workers.

The proposal, set to go before Stafford Borough Council tomorrow says: "We believe that to fulfil the strategic priorities of ‘prosperity for all’, ‘health and well-being’ and ‘leading and delivering for our community’ that Stafford Borough Council should become a ‘Living Wage’ employer, and undertake a costing exercise and consider implementing, the ‘Living Wage’ and do so at the earliest opportunity.”

Councillor Maureen Bowen, who proposed the motion, said it was about ensuring the dignity and respect council employees deserved.

“The choice between food and electricity is not a decision we feel that workers in today’s modern society should face,” she said.

Labour Group Leader, Councillor Jack Kemp, said the motion reflected the Labour Goup’s belief in fairness and a desire to see, not only their employees, but all Stafford people paid the living wage.

“The last Labour government brought in the minimum wage and helped thousands and thousands of Stafford people earn a fair wage,” he said. “We hope our colleagues on the council will join us this time and lead and deliver for our community, ensuring prosperity for all and caring for their health and well-being.”

The Living Wage, currently set at £7.45 per outside of London, is an hourly rate, set independently and updated annually, calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK.

Employers sign up to the Living Wage, which enjoys cross part support and public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, on a voluntary basis.

Councillors will debate the motion at the full council meeting tomorrow.

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