UK living wage

Johnson urged to pay voluntary living wage to government workers

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The Public and Commercial Services union has urged the Prime Minister live up to a commitment for Government departments and contractors to pay the voluntary living wage.

It said tens of thousands of workers at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are paid less than the voluntary rate, which is higher than the statutory figure.

"We welcome the Prime Minister's commitment to the living wage for members working in Government departments and their contractors, but our low-paid members now need action, not words," said the union's general secretary Mark Serwotka.

"We have now written to him and asked him to honour this commitment, and intervene with the Treasury and Government departments and ensure that they become living wage employers."

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Pay boost for more than 800 council workers

Jenna Hawkey

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More than 800 workers will receive a pay boost after Cornwall Council was awarded Living Wage Foundation accreditation.

The move will see workers across the county receive an extra £10m in their pay packets over the next four years.

The difference is currently £9 per hour compared to the UK’s minimum wage of £8.21, and the employees affected will see an average salary rise of 7.7%.

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Cornwall Council cabinet members with the LWF accreditation

The council started paying its directly employed staff the Foundation Living Wage rate in 2015.

Now, the scheme is being expanded to include the council’s group of companies and contractors the authority directly employs.

It is fantastic to become an accredited Foundation Living Wage authority. It clearly shows our commitment to helping support our lowest paid members of staff. We now hope other businesses across Cornwall will follow this example when they are able to. It is good for businesses as well as employers, and will help end Cornwall’s reputation as a low-wage economy."

Councillor Julian GermanDeputy Leader of Cornwall Council