The Labour Group of Councillors on Bath and North East Somerset Council will put forward a motion at the B&NES full Council meeting on Thursday 13 November calling on the Council to pay all its employees at least the Living Wage.
The Living Wage (currently £7.85 per hour outside of London) is the amount that an employee needs to earn to maintain a normal standard of living. Paying at least the Living Wage is voluntary while paying at least the minimum wage of £6.50 per hour is a legal requirement for all employers.
Leader of the B&NES Labour Group, Cllr John Bull said:
"The Council has previously agreed that it will keep lower pay bands under review at every annual budget round. The Council is currently considering its budget for next year, and our motion seeks the Council's agreement that all employees of B&NES Council be paid at least the Living Wage. About one-third of Councils across the country are Living Wage employers, and Labour thinks that B&NES should join this group."
Todd Foreman, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for North East Somerset added:
"I strongly believe in the dignity of hard work, as well as the value of our public sector employees. Anyone doing an honest day's work should be paid at least an amount to live to a decent standard of living, and paying the Living Wage ensures this. I also think it makes good business sense, and good sense for the taxpayer, for the Council to become a Living Wage employer. Research shows that employees paid at least the Living Wage have lower absenteeism and improved job performance. It also makes sense for taxpayers because employees on good salaries have less need and eligibility to claim government benefits. So becoming a Living Wage employer isn't just the right thing morally, it's also the right thing from a commercial point of view and the right thing for taxpayers."