Living wage rallying call for Chorley workers

Coun Alistair Bradley
Coun Alistair Bradley
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Nearly one in four employees in Chorley earn less than the living wage, according to new figures.

The TUC revealed 23.6 per cent of all workers in Chorley earn less than £7.65 an hour, the income considered necessary to meet basic needs.

It is above the North West average of 21 per cent of employees earning less than the threshold.

The figures were revealed as part of the TUC’s Fair Pay Fortnight and to mark the 15th anniversary of the minimum wage.

The TUC claimed research last year showed there were 571,000 workers across the North West paid below the living wage, who if they received £7.65 could provide a financial boost to the public purse of £347m.

They are calling for more employers to pay the living wage.

North West TUC regional secretary, Lynn Collins, said: “Extending the living wage is a vital way of tackling the growing problem of in-work poverty across Britain and we believe more can be done to move people out of what are essentially poverty wages.”

Chorley Council decided last year to pay its staff the living wage.

Council leader, Coun Alistair Bradley, said: “We adopted the living wage last year because, even though all our staff were paid more than the minimum wage, we felt it was only right that they earned at least a living wage as they work extremely hard to provide excellent services to the residents of Chorley.

“We also hoped that by committing to this we would be leading the way and encouraging other local employers to follow suit.

“I would certainly urge other employers to implement this, if they haven’t already done so, because not only will it help build a strong local economy, they will also benefit in terms of the recruitment and retention of staff, morale, motivation and productivity.”