UNISON members in Bury call for a Living Wage for all council staff

UNISON members at Bury Council have lobbied the Chief Executive calling for the introduction of the Living Wage. A total of 1,074 council employees, including cleaning staff, catering staff and care workers are currently paid below the Living Wage of £7.65 an hour.

We’re calling on staff at the council and the community of Bury to sign our petition to Councillors calling for the implementation of the Living Wage. You can add your voice to our petition online at: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/bury-council-support-a-living-wage-for-bury

Nationally, nearly one third of local authorities have signed up to the Living Wage and the North West Region leads the way with the highest proportion (40%) of councils already paying the Living Wage.

Over one thousand council employees continue to deliver an outstanding service to our communities, despite the fact they are not paid enough to make ends meet. This is doubly insulting considering that Bury Council reported record financial reserves of £4.5m at a Council Budget Meeting on 19 February 2014.

An independent study examining the business benefits of implementing the Living Wage found that more than 80% of employers believe that the Living Wage had enhanced the quality of the work of their staff, while absenteeism had fallen by approximately 25%. Additionally, 75% of employees reported increases in work quality as a result of receiving the Living Wage and 50% felt that the Living Wage had made them more willing to implement changes in their working practices.

Bury Council has a duty of care to the community it serves and the introduction of the Living Wage for council employees would provide a welcome boost to the local economy as staff spend wages in local businesses and services. A 2013 report commissioned by the TUC found, if the Living Wage was introduced universally, it would boost public finances by £3.2 billion with a localised injection of £346.5 million in the North West.

To add your voice to our petition go to: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/bury-council-support-a-living-wage-for-bury

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