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SLC Pledge To Pay Employees More Than The Living Wage
South Lanarkshire Council have committed to paying all their employees at least £8.44 per hour. The new rate of pay will apply from April 1 and will increase the base salary from £15,819 to £16,282.
The rate is more than a pound above the £7.20 Living Wage, which will be introduced as the new minimum wage by the UK Government in April.
Leader of the council, Eddie McAvoy, said: “The Labour Group in South Lanarkshire will do all we can to support our dedicated workforce, who work night and day to keep our communities safe. That is why we will always pay above the Living Wage and do our best to make sure that nobody in work finds themselves pushed into poverty.
“Labour in South Lanarkshire will ensure that our staff are protected from compulsory redundancies and use everything at our disposal to protect the most vulnerable from the pernicious cuts being imposed from Governments in Westminster and Holyrood.”
Councillor Monica Lennon, who is also standing as a list candidate for Labour in the Holyrood elections, added: “Scottish Labour is saying no more cuts. We want to invest in public services and grow the local economy. Increasing the Living Wage builds on our actions over previous years and sends out a strong message that the important work delivered by staff on the frontline is valued.”
Councillors agreed the new wage level at a special meeting of South Lanarkshire Council on Tuesday. In the same week, Hamilton MSP Christina McKelvie has welcomed a £250 million integration fund from Scottish finance minister John Swinney, half of which is being provided to deliver the Scottish living wage of £8.25 an hour for care workers.
Ms McKelvie said: “The Scottish Government is further delivering on its promises. It has paid the living wage to all of the staff it controls directly since 2011. Now that deal will apply to everyone working in the care sector, whether employed directly by the council, in the independent sector or the third sector. This will be good news to organisations like the Self-Directed Support Network in South Lanarkshire.”
Care workers employed by South Lanarkshire Council are paid at least the living wage agreed by councillors. Care workers can also be employed via a contractor or directly by the individual receiving care, and wages are paid on their terms.
A council spokesperson said: "The council continues to explore ways in which we can encourage our care contractors to pay the living wage."