Fight for living wage goes on

Thursday, 2 November 2017

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UNIONS have joined to condemn a council decision to reject a living wage for its lowest paid workers.
The Coleraine Chronicle revealed last week how a decision had been taken 'behind closed doors' after Causeway Coast and Glens councillors were informed of the impact of the pay hike on ratepayers and council finances.
Members agreed to revisit the matter during the rate-setting process in January. However the subject was revisited - once more behind closed doors - when SDLP and Sinn Fein councillors demanded a vote at September's full council meeting.
A motion, calling for the immediate introduction of the living wage, was only narrowly defeated by a coalition of unionists, excluding PUP member Russell Watton who voted with nationalists and republicans.
Union officials were unaware that the living wage proposal had been rejected.
NIPSA official Alan Law said: "We are very disappointed that Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council has decided that their employees do not deserve a Living Wage.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle


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