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Cambridgeshire Council Living Wage Campaign

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GMB Launches Living Wage Campaign For Workers At Cambridgeshire County Council

Over 130 Local Authorities in England and Wales are now committed to pay a living wage and it is time that Cambridge County Council joined them says GMB.

GMB, the union for workers in the public sector, has launched a campaign for a living wage of £7.85 per hour for staff working for direct for Cambridgeshire County Council and those working for contractors doing work for the council.

GMB has launched an E Petition and written to Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council, asking the council as a prominent employer to implement a living wage as soon as possible.

GMB is asking the public to support the campaign by signing E Petition via the link below:

http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/site/scripts/google_results.aspx?q=petitions 

Richard O’ Leary, GMB Regional Officer, said “Several local authorities in Cambridgeshire and many across the East of England, have already implemented a living wage for their staff, and included a living wage clause in contracted out Services.

Cambridge City Council employs a Living Wage Officer, who is working with prominent businesses and University Colleges to implement a living wage for all staff.

The number of accredited living wage employers has doubled in 2014. Over 130 Local Authorities in England and Wales are now committed to pay a living wage and it is time that Cambridge County Council joined them. Despite this progress, the lowest rates of pay in Local Government are still below a living wage.

This campaign is part of the national campaign where GMB is seeking as a first step £7.85 per hour and £9.20 per hour in London as a step towards the £10 per hour set by GMB Congress.

GMB members tell us that in their experience you need at least £10 an hour and a full working week to have a decent life free from benefits and tax credits. Less than £10 an hour means just existing not living. It means a life of isolation, unable to socialise. It means a life of constant anxiety over paying bills and of borrowing from friends, family and pay day loan sharks just to make ends meet.”

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Contact: Kevin Roberts – 01223 458208, GMB Branch Secretary, or Richard O’Leary – 01582 404842 – GMB Regional Officer. GMB  Press Office 07921 289 880

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