Thousands of workers in line for wage boost
AROUND 3,000 of the lowest paid council workers in Swansea will see a big boost in their pay packets next month.
The authority has confirmed it will implement the Living Wage from November.
That will mean that no member of staff at the council will be paid less than £7.45 an hour and it will also be back-dated to April this year.
It represents a pay rise of over £1 an hour, as the current level of the minimum wage, which is what many are being paid at the moment, is £6.31 an hour for adults.
It is estimated it will cost the authority an extra £1 million a year. Swansea council leader David Phillips said: "This will be a welcome boost for some of our lowest-paid staff and will be paid from November.
"The council has made tackling poverty one of its priorities and by increasing the income for our lowest-paid staff we can help to improve their standard of living.
"Our lowest-paid staff are doing some of the most important and challenging jobs in the council, and we believe they should be paid a decent salary for their work.
"This is about making sure people have a decent wage, but I also hope it will provide a boost to the local economy because people will have a little extra money to spend in local shops and businesses."
Many of the council's lowest-paid staff, traditionally those working in catering, cleaning and care, stand to gain the most.
Mr Phillips added: "This announcement follows talks with the unions and is an example of how we are continuing to negotiate with them over the terms and conditions for our staff."
The introduction of a Living Wage was agreed by council in February this year. The Minimum Wage is set by the UK Government but the Living Wage rate is set by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Swansea Council will review the rate annually.
See David Phillips's column — page 17