Council backs plans to introduce Living Wage
Date posted: 30-07-2012
A MOTION to support the introduction of a “living wage” in Thurrock was passed by the full council last week.
Introducing the motion, Grays Labour Councillor Martin Healy said: “The modern UK Living Wage Campaign was launched by members of London Citizens in 2001.
“The original founders were parents in East London who wanted to remain in work, but found that despite working two minimum wage jobs they were struggling to make ends meet. The experience of a large majority of a broad range of employers, since 2001, who have introduced a Living Wage is very positive in terms of employee productivity, retention and loyalty”.
After some gentle probing on costs and efficiency gains from councillors across the chamber, Labour’s motion on adopting the Living Wage in Thurrock was carried with cross party support.
Afterwards, Grays Labour Councillor Martin Healy said: “All Councillors who supported this motion to introduce a Living Wage can be very proud. A ‘Living Wage’ will make recruitment easier for some posts and simply means “a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.
“Virtually all Council employees who will benefit from the introduction of a ‘Living Wage’ live in Thurrock, so our local economy and our local retail businesses will benefit also”.