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Update on Living Wage Campaign

You may recall previous communications from GMB requesting your help by signing our petition to encourage Central Bedfordshire Council to implement a Living Wage for their staff.  Thank you for your help in ensuring the GMB Living Wage petition was presented to the Council for its consideration. 

Please follow the link below to see the footage of the GMB Living Wage petition being presented to the Central Bedfordshire Council Executive Committee on Tuesday 6th October.  You will need to select the “petitions” tab on the right hand side of the screen.

You will also hear the Council’s response to our claim for a Living Wage to be implemented at Central Bedfordshire Council. 

Confusingly, there are now two definitions of the Living Wage.  One is well established and paid by most councils and decent employers, set by the independent Living Wage Foundation at £7.85 per hour.  This is what GMB believes you deserve. 

The other definition of the Living Wage has been recently made up by the government and is worth £7.20 per hour.

Guess which one Central Beds wants to pay?  Yes, the lower one and they are not going to pay it until next March. 

This leaves Central Bedfordshire as one of the lowest paying Councils in the country.

Posted: 12th October 2015

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