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Newcastle Labour’s Living Wage

Newcastle Labour have again provided a much needed boost to the lowest paid staff at Newcastle City Council by increasing the Newcastle Living Wage.

In 2011, Newcastle Labour introduced the Newcastle Living Wage for employees of Newcastle City Council, ensuring all employees on the two lowest pay grades an increase in their pay. 

Despite years of Tory austerity, Newcastle Labour have taken the decision to again increase the Living Wage to try to ensure that council employees can have decent standard of living. The rate been increased this year to £8.45 per hour, benefiting over 1000 employees.

Not only will the increase help employees, but it benefits the wider economy in Newcastle.

Councillor Joyce McCarty, Deputy Leader of Newcastle City Council stated “We know that families continue to feel the pinch after years of Tory - and Lib Dem – austerity. We are committed to ensuring a decent standard of living for all council employees.

“Our Newcastle Living Wage is significantly higher than the so called Living Wage introduced by the Government last year and shows the different choices Labour makes in Newcastle compared to the other parties.

“We also continue to work with partners to encourage others to pay the Newcastle Living Wage”. 

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Newcastle Labour’s Living Wage

Newcastle Labour’s Living Wage Newcastle Labour have again provided a much needed boost to the lowest paid staff at Newcastle City Council by increasing the Newcastle Living Wage. In 2011,...

Labour Councillors in Newcastle have supported calls for the lifting of the long standing government policy of public sector pay restraint and backed Unison, the GMB and Unite’s submission to the National Joint Council Pay for 2018. 

For workers in local government; pay and other terms and conditions are determined by a negotiating body; the National Joint Council, which froze pay between 2010-2012, with only 1% increases since then.

As a result, basic pay for local government workers has on average fallen by 21% since 2010.

Newcastle’s Labour Councillors brought forward a motion to City Council on 6 September 2017 which called for a decent pay award for National Joint Council workers and for an end to public sector pay restraint more widely. 

Since 2010, the Tories, supported by the Lib Dems in Government, have slashed Newcastle City Council’s funding by over £600 per household.

Despite this, Labour in Newcastle introduced the Newcastle Living Wage in 2012 to provide those on lower wage rates with a fair and decent rate of pay and are committed to working towards matching the Foundation Living Wage rate.

Newcastle Labour brought forward the motion - passed at Council - which called on the Government to support the claim for a decent pay rise and to ensure that this is properly funded by Government, not further passing the buck onto hard-pressed councils.

Labour Leader of Newcastle Nick Forbes said: “Council staff do a range of vital jobs in our communities – from caring for older and vulnerable people to cleaning our streets. 

"They’re the unsung heroes of our city, but the Tories have turned their backs on them. Their pay has been squeezed and reduced in real terms for nearly 10 years now and I think it’s time they had a decent pay rise. 

"We’re not asking for the moon, just for Government to make the resources available so that their pay can keep up with inflation."

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Lemington’s Labour Councillors were pleased to work with the National Citizenship Service and the Headliners charity to bring the Newcastle Scrub Up to Lemington.

Newcastle Scrub Up is run by a team undertaking the National Citizenship Award through the Headliners charity and aims at improving the local environment in Newcastle.

Lemington’s Labour Councillors invited the group to undertake a litter pick in Lemington around Valley View as part of their project to improve the environment. Councillors Kim McGuinness and David Cook met with the group as they were working in Lemington.

Kim said, 'It's wonderful to see such passionate and driven young people taking positive action across our City.

‘They really want to make a difference and of course, want to get invaluable experience for their future.

‘We'd like to thank the volunteers for the time they spent in Lemington. The outcome is incredible, with the team removing 24 bags of rubbish from Valley View.’

As well as working with Headliners, Lamington Councillors continue to support regular community litter picks across the ward all year round. 

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