Implementing living wage at EEAST

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The ‘living wage’ is an increase in the minimum wage, which helps people afford the basic living costs in the UK – and the Trust has been working alongside UNISON to bring this in for our staff in the new year.

The proposal, which UNISON Chair Steve Imrie and Chief Executive Anthony Marsh have been working on, will be heard at the Board meeting in Hertfordshire in January.

Paying staff a living wage is decided by employers on a voluntary basis. It is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually, which is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK and is currently £7.85 an hour.

Steve said: “Whilst the Trust currently only has a handful of staff that are affected, with their hourly rate falling below the living wage, we should do what we can to improve their working and home lives. Employers that have implemented this elsewhere see higher productivity, lower recruiting and training costs, decreased absenteeism and increased worker morale.”

He added: “I am very pleased to be working with Anthony Marsh and the Trust in implementing this initiative, as it will bring many benefits for the individuals it affects.”

Anthony Marsh said: “This is a very important increase to better support our staff and I would like to thank UNISON for all of their work on this, as we work together to improve working lives for staff at EEAST.”

Published 25th December 2014 

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