Sunday, 2 November 2014

Plaid Wrecsam backs £7.85 Living Wage for all workers

Plaid Cymru in Wrecsam has backed calls for a Living Wage, which would ensure a pay rise for 250,000 workers in Wales - a quarter of the Welsh workforce.

Councillor Carrie Harper, Plaid Cymru's Parliamentary candidate for Wrecsam, said:
"Figures recently released showed half the children in the Queensway ward in Wrecsam were living in poverty - among the worst in Wales. Most of the recent increases in Housing Benefit claimants are families who are in work - it's the working poor that are being hammered as much as anyone.
"This is completely unacceptable. People who are working should be paid enough to live on and have time to enjoy family life. The Living Wage should be the minimum wage and, if the minimum wage had been linked to inflation, it would now be far higher than it is now. "We should all aspire to a Fair Day's pay for a hard day's work."

Plaid Cymru's Gwersyllt West Councillor, Arfon Jones, has helped create a working group to look at implementing a Living Wage for 1,300 Wrexham Council employees who earn less than the Living Wage, currently £7.85 an hour.

Cllr Jones said:
"When Plaid Cymru councillors were first elected to Wrexham Council in 2008, we called for a Living Wage. This had the support of Unison and TCC, Together Creating Communities. 
"As a result of this pressure, the council agreed to delete the two lowest pay scales which was a step in the right direction but there has been no further progress since then.

"Introducing the Living Wage is a win-win situation not only for the individuals concerned but also for the local economy. An increase in people's disposable income would boost local spending whilst at the same time saving money on welfare like Housing Benefit and Working Tax Credits as families are lifted above the thresholds.

"Despite what well-paid senior council officers say, the truth is that in the long term the cost of implementing the Living Wage for staff in Wrexham Council will be cost neutral as well as bringing many other benefits."

This week is Living Wage week and the exact weekly sum estimated as a minimum to live on has risen from £7.65 an hour to £7.85 an hour.

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