Mayor’s staff on new Liv­ing Wage

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THE Liver­pool City Re­gion Com­bined Au­thor­ity has be­come a Real Liv­ing Wage em­ployer. It means the au­thor­ity which over­sees six ar­eas in­clud­ing Sefton will pay its em­ploy­ees – work­ing for the Metro mayor – on or above the rate which cur­rently stands at £8.75 per hour.

The an­nounce­ment was made dur­ing Liv­ing Wage Week at an event at Ever­ton Foot­ball Club.

The rate has been cal­cu­lated by the Liv­ing Wage Foun­da­tion to en­sure work­ers are able to en­joy a rea­son­able stan­dard of liv­ing.

In a speech at the event, Metro mayor Steve Rotheram pledged to con­tinue to cam­paign for the Real Liv­ing Wage to be adopted by as many em­ploy­ers and busi­nesses as pos­si­ble.

He said: “We have a third of a mil­lion peo­ple in our city re­gion who are in­come de­prived and we re­main a city re­gion where the me­dian gross weekly in­come is much lower than the na­tional av­er­age.

“There are 137,000 em­ploy­ees earn­ing less than the Real Liv­ing Wage, and that is sim­ply not ac­cept­able.

“Our an­nounce­ment is about more than en­sur­ing jus­tice and dig­nity for our own work­force, it’s about mak­ing a state­ment about the kind of city re­gion we want to be and our com­mit­ment to fair­ness.”

Mr Rotheram ar­gued that the case for a Real Liv­ing Wage also has a strong eco­nomic ba­sis with com­pa­nies who pay it re­port­ing di­rect ben­e­fits in terms of pro­duc­tiv­ity, staff morale, staff re­ten­tion with sav­ings on re­cruit­ment costs as a re­sult.

Re­cent anal­y­sis of data from 840 Real Liv­ing Wage ac­cred­ited em­ploy­ers by the Cardiff Busi­ness School found that 93% re­ported ben­e­fit­ting from ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

The Metro mayor added: “Of course it’s great that large busi­nesses like Liver­pool Foot­ball Club em­brace the Liv­ing Wage and fol­low in the foot­steps of Ever­ton, but it’s prob­a­bly more im­por­tant when a lo­cal care com­pany like Cooper No­ble Care can pay the Liv­ing Wage and re­ally im­prove the qual­ity of life for em­ploy­ees in a sec­tor where low pay is al­most ac­cepted as a fact of life.”

Mr Rotheram con­cluded: “There are many busi­nesses and in­sti­tu­tions out there who can and should be pay­ing the Real Liv­ing Wage, and I will con­tinue to cam­paign over the com­ing months to make sure more of them do.”

It all adds up: staff will get – at the very least – the NLA

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram speak­ing in South­port

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