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Spotlight on living wage welcomed by Ilkley campaign group
9:00am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A report highlighting the growing numbers of workers surviving on less then the living wage has been welcomed by an Ilkley campaign group.
Findings from a report by the Resolution Foundation show 4.8 million employees in the UK earn less than the living wage – 20 per cent of the total workforce. This has rocketed since 2009 from 3.4 million. The living wage is set at £7.45 per hour outside London.
The Ilkley Living Wage campaign, as well as speaking to many low paid workers directly, has had meetings with local employers in the hospitality sector. There has been significant interest from independent businesses in this sector in a summit in the town to discuss how working together they could seek to raise pay levels.
Aidan Higgins, who is himself a low paid worker said on behalf of the Ilkley Living Wage campagin: “The report by the Resolution Foundation shows that more workers have fallen below the level of the Living Wage. My fellow campaigners and I have been concerned at how many people nationally have been found to be living below the level of the Living Wage, and have been trying to do something about it here in Ilkley.”
The local Living Wage group holds meetings with employers who are already paying this level, or are prepared to work towards it. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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