Payrise bid is referred to board
3:00pm Monday 17th September 2012 in News
AN ATTEMPT by Plaid Cymru to secure a payrise for the lowest- paid council staff in Carmarthenshire has been referred to the authority’s Executive Board.
The 28-strong Plaid group on the council has been prevented from presenting a notice of motion supporting UNISON’s Campaign for a Living Wage at the full council meeting today (Wednesday).
“It’s most disappointing that this matter is likely to be discussed behind closed doors,”
said Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, the Plaid group leader.
“Although it should eventually come back to full council, the decision will already have been made.
“Paying a living wage of £7.20 an hour will help alleviate the hardship suffered by several hundred poorly-paid council staff, such as cleaners, catering assistants and school lunchtime supervisors.
“It’s shocking that Carmarthenshire county council, under a Labour leadership, should be paying a wage rate which keeps many staff and their families below the poverty line.
“We challenge the council’s leader, Cllr Kevin Madge , to ensure that the Living Wage is implemented as soon as possible.”