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Birmingham care workers pay rise

Monday, February 15, 2016

GMB Welcome Decision By Birmingham City Council To Pay £7.50 Per Hour To Private Sector Care Workers

This will help enhance the lives of the workers who look after the most vulnerable in society says GMB.

GMB, the union for care workers, welcome the decision by Birmingham City to pay £7.50 per hour to all private sector care workers on council contracts regardless of their age.

Birmingham care workers paid the national minimum wage of £6.70 an hour will benefit from this pay increase of 11.9%. Birmingham City Council’s Business Plan and Budget 2016 contains details of the proposed increase.

Gill Whittaker, GMB Organiser, said “This is a welcome move by the council to set the standard for carers’ wages not only for care worker staff but for the private sector also. This will help enhance the lives of the workers who look after the most vulnerable in society and highlights that the Government’s new minimum wage is not a true living wage.”

Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham, Erdington, added: “I welcome the Council’s decision to pay carers in our city a real living wage. Birmingham has always been and will continue to be a caring city. I am delighted that the Council is caring for our carers.”

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Contact: Gill Whittaker on 07850 768351 or Samantha Jones on 07939 874272 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289880 or 07974 251823 or 07970863411

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