Polly backs Thurrock Living Wage campaign

THIS week is living wage week and in line with the rising energy bills and cost of living, Labour politicians have continued to back a living wage in Thurrock of £7.65.

Ed Milliband has also pledged to give a £1000 tax break to every business who pays their staff a living wage.

Prospective parliamentary candidate for Thurrock, Polly Billington said:

“IT is good news that Thurrock has a team of community volunteers organising employers around the issue of the living wage.
Thurrock Labour council have been fighting hard to make sure they pay a living wage and it is top priority within the Labour Party.

“The cost of living is going up but wages have stagnated. £7.65 an hour is the amount calculated by an independent body that people in Thurrock need to be paid to make sure their families have a minimum standard of living and I am fully behind that.

“The Labour Party will make the living wage a reality by offering tax breaks to businesses who adopt it. This means we can ensure businesses can reap the benefits of greater productivity and staff loyalty. Thurrock and our businesses mustn’t miss out on the productivity bonus that the living wage will
bring.

“I urge Thurrock businesses to engage with the living wage campaign so that we can work out the best way we can adopt it in our
community.”

An organisation called Thurrock Living Wage has also written to local employers.

Thurrock living wage founder and teacher Jim O’Connell said:

The people of Thurrock need to be paid a living wage. £7.65 is the amount that the Living Wage Foundation has calculated that people in this area need to be paid to have enough money for a decent standard of living. Were not talking about posh holidays or flash cars, this is to make sure Thurrock people can heat their family homes without making cuts to other necessities, like food or fuel. We are working in thurrock to encourage employers to meet with us and talk through the benefits of paying their staff a little extra every hour.

This is not only the right thing to do ethically, it makes good business sense too. The Living Wage foundation found that two thirds of employers who already pay a living wage, reported a significant impact on recruitment and retention within their organisation. 70% of employers felt that the Living Wage had increased consumer awareness of their organisation’s commitment to be an ethical employer.

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