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