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£7.45 per hour at York

GMB welcomes £7.45 per hour living wage for York City Council staff from April 2013.

Tories voted against a living wage as they don’t like employees who have had no pay rise for three years during high inflation as well as cuts in conditions of employment says GMB.

GMB, the union for workers in public services, welcomed the decision by York City Council to introduce the living wage from April 2013 of £7.45 per hour.

Steve Huckerby, GMB Regional Organiser, said “GMB welcomes the decision of York City Council to introduce a living wage from April 2013 of £7.45 per hour. A living wage is the wage level at which, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a worker going out to work daily can afford to live above the poverty line.

This is a major boost to GMB campaign for a living wage across the country. This key recommendation to the Council from the York Fairness Commission was approved by York City Council cabinet on 4th December. 

GMB is not surprised that the Tories voted against paying a living wage as they clearly resent and don’t like public sector workers. Employees at York City Council have had no wage increase for the last three years as they faced big hikes in prices. As well they have seen cuts in conditions of employment because of massive budget cuts imposed in by the Tory Liberal coalition. By this vote we know the Tories begrudge paying employees a live wage that keeps them off the poverty line.”

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Contact: Steve Huckerby 07958 156 840 or 0845 337 7777 or GMB Press Office: Steve Pryle on 07921 289880 or Rose Conroy on 07974 251823.

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