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”.