Living wage lobby speaks out

Dorset Echo: Living wage lobby speaks out Living wage lobby speaks out

CAMPAIGNERS are set to lobby Dorset County Council ahead of a decision on whether to pay the living wage to council employees.

Councillors will discuss paying all employees £7.65 an hour at tomorrow’s full council meeting.

At present, around 1,500 council staff are paid less than this rate and researchers have also identified up to 500 local businesses that regularly carry out work on the council’s behalf, where employees may also be subjected to low pay.

The Living Wage for Dorset campaign (LWD), which is organising Thursday’s lobby at County Hall in Dorchester, has contacted every county councillor with a request that they agree to make the local authority a living wage employer and is hoping that further pressure will convince the council to recognise the importance of paying higher wages.

Neil Duncan-Jordan, LWD campaign chair said: “Becoming a living wage employer would be an important and significant step for the council to take. They see improvements in the quality of work, productivity and rates of absenteeism – as well as helping with recruitment and retention of staff.

Of course, the higher wages also boost spending in the local economy and reduce the reliance on, and cost of, working-age benefits.

Everyone wins – the employer, the employee and Dorset taxpayers.”

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1:19pm Wed 12 Feb 14

portland rebel says...

i am in total agreement of a living wage, why should our money ie taxes subsidize businesses, and the argument that businesses cant afford it, well they dont deserve to be in business, but greed always wins, that said what does concern me is that if councils and government start paying their employees a living wage, that once again unless it becomes law the private sector(greed sector) will be left behind on min wage, but having to pay lager bills to fund the public sector.
i am in total agreement of a living wage, why should our money ie taxes subsidize businesses, and the argument that businesses cant afford it, well they dont deserve to be in business, but greed always wins, that said what does concern me is that if councils and government start paying their employees a living wage, that once again unless it becomes law the private sector(greed sector) will be left behind on min wage, but having to pay lager bills to fund the public sector. portland rebel
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5:19pm Wed 12 Feb 14

malkie says...

portland rebel wrote:
i am in total agreement of a living wage, why should our money ie taxes subsidize businesses, and the argument that businesses cant afford it, well they dont deserve to be in business, but greed always wins, that said what does concern me is that if councils and government start paying their employees a living wage, that once again unless it becomes law the private sector(greed sector) will be left behind on min wage, but having to pay lager bills to fund the public sector.
Lager bills? I have to pay my lager bills....I can't drink for free !! ;-)
[quote][p][bold]portland rebel[/bold] wrote: i am in total agreement of a living wage, why should our money ie taxes subsidize businesses, and the argument that businesses cant afford it, well they dont deserve to be in business, but greed always wins, that said what does concern me is that if councils and government start paying their employees a living wage, that once again unless it becomes law the private sector(greed sector) will be left behind on min wage, but having to pay lager bills to fund the public sector.[/p][/quote]Lager bills? I have to pay my lager bills....I can't drink for free !! ;-) malkie
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