Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council have confirmed that they will pay the living wage to around 1500 members of staff from October 2014.
This will mean a rise for those on the lowest pay - boosting the hourly rate up to £7.65 per hour, which is £1.34 more than the National Minimum Wage rate for workers aged 21 years and over.
UNISON Rotherham has actively campaigned for the Council to adopt the living wage, which they originally stated was unaffordable, and we collected hundreds of petition signatures in support of our campaign last summer.
This successful campaign highlights UNISON Rotherham’s ongoing commitment as a campaigning union and demonstrates the success we can deliver when we campaign strongly. The council have confirmed that the costs incurred by this increase are budgeted for and if you think you may benefit from this wage rise and would like to discuss further please contact the branch office.