South Tyneside Council has confirmed plans to introduce the national “living wage” for around 1,000 staff.
A meeting of borough council last night saw members agree to move forward with the phased implementation of the Living Wage.
From April, the local authority will delete spinal column points 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the national government pay scale, so that no employee will be paid less than £7.29p per hour.
Following the implementation of phase one, the council will then look towards the implementation of the full national living wage rate (outside London) of £7.85 per hour.
Coun Ed Malcolm, Lead Member for Resources and Innovation at South Tyneside Council, said:
“We are working towards permanently protecting our lowest paid workers for the future.
“This is not about giving staff pay supplement which could be taken away at any point – this is about making significant, lasting…
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