GMB Welcomes Swansea Council’s Announcement Of A Living Wage For Its Employees
This means that Swansea Council joins the growing list of councils across Wales, Scotland and England that care enough to take this vital step to safeguard their employees in these hard times says GMB.
GMB welcomes Council Leader David Phillips announcement that Swansea Council will pay a living wage to its council staff by the end of the year instead of waiting till April 2014.
GMB agreed the introduction of a Living Wage with Swansea Council a while ago. Then recently GMB requested that because of the delay in implementation of single status, it pay the living wage now rather than wait for April 2014.
GMB congratulated Swansea Council on joining the ever growing list of 85 local authorities in the United Kingdom to guarantee their lowest paid employees a Living Wage.
Ashfield, Barking & Dagenham, Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Blackpool, Birmingham, Braintree, Brent, Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Bromsgrove, Burnley, Caerphilly, Calderdale, Camden, Cambridge, Cardiff, Carlisle, Cherwell, Chorley, City of London, Coventry, Crawley, Croydon, Dartford, Deal, Ealing, Enfield, Exeter, Gedling, Gloucester, Greenwich, Haringey, Harlow, Harrow, Hastings, Hessle Town, Hounslow, Hyndburn, Ipswich, Islington, North Kesteven, Lambeth, Lancaster, Leicester, Lewisham, Malvern Hills, Mansfield, Manchester, Melton Mowbray, Merton, Newark and Sherwood, Newham, Newcastle under Lyme, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newport, Norwich, Nottingham, Oldham, Oxford, Plymouth, Preston, Redcar and Cleveland, Rossendale, Salford, Sandwell, Scarborough, Sheffield, Slough, South Gloucestershire, South Hams, Southwark, Stroud, Surrey, Swindon, Swansea, Tamworth, Thurrock, Tower Hamlets, South Tyneside, Walsall, Winchester, Wirral, Worcester, Wolverhampton, Wyre Forest, York. All 32 councils in Scotland now pay or are committed to pay a living wage.
Althea Phillips GMB Organiser said, “This is very good news from Swansea Council and will be much appreciated by its employees. GMB agreed the introduction of a Living Wage with Swansea Council a while ago. Then recently GMB requested that because of the delay in implementation of single status, it pay the living wage now rather than wait for April 2014.
This means that Swansea Council joins the growing list of councils across Wales, Scotland and England that care enough to take this vital step to safeguard their employees in these hard times. The local economy will benefit too.
GMB members and their families will benefit from this farsighted initiative. GMB is negotiating with other Welsh councils to follow Swansea’s lead.
I am in no doubt that senior Tories will attack the council for taking this step. The Tories do not like ordinary workers. The Tories seriously consider that only the wealth elite should receive help from public bodies. One rule for the elite and another for ordinary people is not acceptable and will be vigorously opposed in practice like this across the land and Tory attacks will be treated with the contempt they deserve.
The decision shows the Council's commitment to supporting its workers. The increase reflects what people need to live on in Swansea. This decision impacts on those who need it most like cleaners, catering staff and teaching assistants - majority of whom are local residents.”
Contact: Althea Phillips, GMB Organiser on07980 753125 or Martin Hird GMB Senior Organiser on 07809 769378 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251 823.