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North Ayrshire, Scotland: Living wage Increase for Council Workers
The Irvine Herald
Lex Brown

March 18, 2011
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MORE than 430 North Ayrshire Council workers are in line for a wages increase.

The council executive agreed to introduce a “living wage” of £7.15 an hour for 436 of their lowest paid workers.

The local authority – where some workers earn just £6.17 an hour – have set aside £174,000 for the wage increase.

They say it will go some way to tackling poverty and low pay while increasing the quality of life.

Executive chairman Councillor David O’Neill said the decision to increase the wage rate showed how seriously North Ayrshire took their priorities of tackling poverty.

He went on: “While we do everything we can to address poverty and deprivation, often this is through indirect methods.

“But we are fortunate to be in a position to directly improve the conditions of our lowest paid employees through the introduction of the Living Wage.”