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Camden Move To £10.68 Per Hour Min Pay

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

GMB Welcome Camden Council Move To Minimum Pay Of £20,000 For Lowest Paid Staff

A minimum earnings guarantee of at least £20,000 full time equivalent salary (£10.68 per hour) is a welcome recognition of the high costs faced by staff in London says GMB.

GMB welcomed the decision by Camden Council to introduce a minimum earnings guarantee of at least £20,000 full time equivalent salary for staff employed by the Council. See letter to GMB from Councillor Sarah Hayward, Leader, Camden Council.

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said “GMB welcome the decision of Camden Council to move towards paying wages that their lowest paid staff can live on without relying on benefits. Introducing a minimum earnings guarantee of at least £20,000 full time equivalent salary (£10.68 per hour) for staff employed by the Council is a welcome recognition of the high costs faced by staff in London.

At Congress in Nottingham GMB launched a campaign for £10 per hour living wage as the best defence against pay day loan sharks and to provide dignity at work.

GMB believe that there is no reason why councils can't implement a policy such as this in schools. Camden says it will work with schools to ensure the policy is implemented there. GMB will work with councils such as Camden and schools so that hard pressed staffs get a pay rise.

GMB is calling on other councils in London and elsewhere to follow suit. Such a move will help towards ending council workers claiming benefits from the council they work for just to make ends meet.”

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Contact:  Mark Holland 07738 958141 or Brian Strutton 07860 606137 or  Martin Smith 07974 251 722 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 0207 391 6700

Notes to editors

Copy of letter of 29 July 2014:

To Mr Paul Kenny GMB General Secretary,

From Councillor Sarah Hayward, Leader, Camden Council, Camden Town Hall, Judd Street, London WC1H 9JE.

Dear Paul,

I’m writing to let you know about new action that Labour run Camden has taken to tackle low pay among our workforce.

Earlier this month I announced that we will deleting our lowest pay spine. This means that from the 1 January 2015 no member of staff employed by Camden will earn less than a full time equivalent salary of £18,297. Moreover, by the end of this administration we’ll ensure all staff receive a minimum earnings guarantee of at least £20,000 full time equivalent salary.

Prior to adopting this policy Camden was already an accredited Living Wage Borough – one of the first in the country. But Camden’s central London location means the cost living is very high here.

To set this policy in the wider context, Camden will have lost half our budget for service by 2018 as a result of Tory Government cuts. Their policies mean, despite high levels of deprivation and child poverty, Camden will lose the eighth highest amount of grant per head of population in the country while Tory controlled Richmond gets an increase.

By choosing to prioritise action on low pay in these circumstances we’re setting a clear example to the wider public sector and private sector employers in the borough that work should pay. Our highest paid officer earns less than 10 times more than our lowest paid full time equivalent. We are working with schools to ensure the policy is implemented there too.

We will continue to take action on low pay and would be happy to provide more information about the practical implementation and costs should you require it.

Yours sincerely,

Councillor Sarah Hayward

Leader of the Council

 

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