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Norfolk CC Should Pay £8.25 Living Wage

Thursday, November 5, 2015

GMB Branch Call On Norfolk County Council To Pay £8.25 An Hour Living Wage As Cheque Is Presented On 6th November To Living Wage Norwich

It simply is not good enough that Norfolk County Council is still not committed to pay the living wage and GMB will not stand for it says GMB.

GMB, the union for public service workers, is calling on Norfolk County Council to pay the living wage of £8.25 to all its employees and insist as part of public service contracts that contractors do the same.

The 1,600 member strong, local GMB Norfolk Public Services N27, will present a cheque to the voluntary Living Wage Norwich Campaign in recognition and support of its valuable and vital work on this issue. The GMB Branch has held a highly successful living wage info desk at the the Forum this week and found growing support from residents for the living wage.

GMB cheque presentation will be held on:

FRIDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 2015
CITY HALL
ST PETER'S STREET
NORWICH
NR2 1NH

The presentation of the GMB cheque will be made at a talk orgainsed by Living Wage Norwich in conjunction with Norwich City Council at a talk by Baroness Patrica Hollis of Heigham who will be speaking on the Living Wage, welfare reform, housing and employment. Baroness Hollis was instrumental in helping to defeat the Government's Tax Credits Bill in the House of Lords last week.

In the East of England the following councils already paying or are committed to paying the living wage include Bedford Borough, Cambridge City, Colchester, Harlow, Ipswich, Luton, Norwich City, North Norfolk, Peterborough City, Stevenage, Suffolk Coastal, Suffolk, Three Rivers, Thurrock, Gt. Yarmouth, Hertsmere, and Watford.

In England and Wales over 130 local authorities now pay the £8.25 per hour Living Wage or have committed to paying it.

In Scotland all 32 council pay the living wage.

The Living Wage is a recommended rate of pay that takes into account the true cost of living in various areas of the UK and is calculated annually by academics at Loughborough University based on the items that people need for a “minimum acceptable standard of living.

Vaughan Thomas, GMB Branch President said, “It simply is not good enough that Norfolk County Council is still not committed to pay the living wage and GMB will not stand for it.

The Living Wage is well established and paid by most councils and many employers. It is set by the independent Living Wage Foundation at £8.25 per hour. This is what GMB believes it is the minimum that should be paid to every worker.
GMB don’t want local authorities to become national minimum wage employers. We want them to be Living Wage employers and to incorporate the Living Wage into outsourced services.

Council workers should be paid the living wage for the vital jobs they do and not have to rely on in-work benefits and tax credits.

GMB is happy to assist any council to identify central funding to implement a Living Wage and ask councils to seriously consider initiating a council-wide referendum of all local tax payers to establish their views on whether local taxes could be very slightly increased to pay for a living wage and other local services.”

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Contact: Vaughan Thomas, GMB Branch President on 07877 885194 or Vivien Thomas, GMB Branch Secretary 07916 819213 or Warren Kenny GMB Senior Organiser on 07843 632394 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823 of 07921 289880.

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