Joe Cullinane

Scottish Labour Councillor for Kilwinning

Reason 12: Action on the Living Wage

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1 in 4 jobs in North Ayrshire are paid less than the Living Wage.

That's why Joe taken real action on the Living Wage to ensure more people are paid it.

Joe marked Living Wage week in 2013 by writing for the local papers about the importance of it. He said that, although the Labour Group were proud to have introduced the Living Wage for North Ayrshire Council employees when in power, at a point before it was part of a national pay deal, to support the Living Wage means more than simply paying it.

He set out three things that he wanted the Council to do:

  1. Organise and run a Living Wage campaign to promote its payment in the private sector
  2. Make its payment a mandatory requirement of the Council's procurement policy
  3. Abolish the lower pay grades, which are set below the Living Wage (NAC pay the Living Wage as a 'pay supplement')

You can read the full article here > http://www.northayrshirelabour.co.uk/supporting_the_living_wage_means_doing_more_than_just_paying_it

The SNP Council leader immediately ruled out abolishing the lower pay grades as it could harm the 'integrity' of the Council's grades (although, through pay negotiations with COSLA, this is now likely to happen).

Joe followed up the article at the next Council meeting with the following motions......

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(Unfortunately, the SNP voted this motion down having supported a similar motion only a year earlier.)

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However, a Living Wage working group was established to take the other motion forward.

Through that working group, the Council agreed to promote the Living Wage to the private sector and make changes to their procurement policy, moves that will see more local people paid the Living Wage > http://www.joecullinane.co.uk/progress_being_made_on_living_wage_and_ethical_care

Joe will continue to fight for fair pay and a Living Wage that allows everyone to have a decent standard of living.

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