Monday, 27 October 2014

Poverty wage increase: time to act says Stuart Jeffery

Canterbury and Whitstable's Green Parliamentary Candidate has reacted to this weekend's news[1] of the increased number of people paid below the Living Wage by calling on local employers to pay at least the Living Wage. The number of people paid below the Living Wage has rise by 5% in the past year.

Canterbury has the second highest proportion of workers earning below the Living Wage in Kent[2] with more than a quarter of workers earning less than £7.65 per hour, which is considered the minimum amount to be able to live on reasonably[3].

Stuart Jeffery, Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Canterbury and Whitstable: "Paying people less than they need to live on is not only immoral, it self defeating as it weakens the local economy and damages staff morale and productivity.

"I am writing to the major employers in Canterbury to urge them to pay their staff a living wage. This includes the City Council who currently pay hundreds of staff a poverty wage[4] while it would cost just £10,000 to bring them above the Living Wage.

"There is simply no reason for this ridiculous practice to continue, yet it is increasing. Canterbury should not be seen as a place of poverty."

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Notes:

1. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/oct/26/record-number-of-britons-in-low-paid-jobs-says-thinktank
2. http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent-business/county-news/kents-living-wage-black-spots-22540/
3. http://www.livingwage.org.uk/
4. 155 City Council staff were paid below the living wage in 2013 http://meetings.eastkenthousing.org.uk/mgconvert2pdf.aspx?id=54029