Union welcomes ‘living wage’ offer

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Union welcomes ‘living wage’ offer thumbnailGMB Regional Organiser Alan Perry. CC03-55s

UNIONS are considering a pay deal that would bring salaries of the council's lowest paid workers into line with the living wage.
In September a Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council committee voted unanimously against voluntary introduction of a £9 per hour rate after considering the pay hike's cost to rate-payers and impact on council finances.
Instead members agreed to await the outcome of UK-wide negotiations between unions and officials representing 350 local authorities.
But, with a number of Northern Ireland councils having already voluntarily agreed to pay up (including Belfast, Mid-Ulster, Fermanagh and Omagh plus Derry and Strabane), the issue was raised again later that month when SDLP and Sinn Fein councillors demanded a vote from the full council.
This time the vote on immediate implementation was only narrowly defeated by a coalition of unionists - excluding PUP member Russell Watton who voted with nationalists and republicans.
This week however, the council has confirmed local authorities, represented by National Employers body, have now made an offer to unions.
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