Living wage boost for employees

Pay commitment

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Employees have been given a pay boost after agreement was reached to consolidate the Scottish Local Government Living Wage (SLGLW) into North Lanarkshire Council's pay scales.

Over 450 people will benefit from the new hourly rate of £9.47 which will be introduced from 1 July 2019. The decision was approved at a meeting of the council's Finance and Resources Committee on Wednesday 29 May.

The current Scottish Local Government Living Wage is £9.07 and by introducing the higher rate, North Lanarkshire Council will ensure progression within salary scales is maintained.

Previously, all council employees were receiving top-up payments to ensure it met the Local Government minimum wage, but with the changes to salary scales.Trade Unions were fully consulted on the revised salary model.

Councillor Bob Burrows, Convener of Finance and Resources said: "We believe increasing this payment is the minimum we should commit to in order to help our staff with the ever increasing cost of living. Many of our staff live locally and it is vital they are paid a fair and reasonable wage to assist them with an affordable quality of life.

"All Scottish Local Authorities have committed to paying the Scottish Local Government Living Wage as a minimum to all employees by 2022, but we wanted to make sure that any new and existing employees in North Lanarkshire had this consolidated into their contracts as soon as possible. We were also grateful to the Trade Unions for helping in this process.

"Our staff are our biggest asset and by paying them the Scottish Local Government Living Wage, we can help tackle in-work poverty, better retain staff, reduce absence levels and improve motivation."

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