Plaid Cymru call for all Vale council staff to be paid Real Living Wage

Women are 83% of Vale’s lowest-paid staff

Plaid Cymru has called for all Vale of Glamorgan Council staff to be paid the Real Living Wage of £8.45 per hour after uncovering that women make up 83% of the council’s lowest paid staff.

Plaid Cymru leader on the Vale Council, Cllr Ian Johnson, said poverty pay was unacceptable and that the Council should take the lead on being a good employer.

Questioning the Vale Council’s Conservative leader, John Thomas, at last week’s Full Council, Cllr Johnson was told that plans to scrap the council’s two lowest pay bands would help nearly 1300 members of staff, and that 83% of them were women.

Plaid Cymru Councillor Ian Johnson said:

“It is unacceptable that the Vale Council, the largest local employer, pays so many staff below the Real Living Wage of £8.45 – the amount needed to ensure a basic standard of living.

“The Vale of Glamorgan Council should be taking the lead and setting an example for other public and private sector companies in the county.

“Labour had five years in charge to change this, but did nothing about it.

“That is why, of the 1300 lowest paid staff in the Council, more than 1,000 of them are women. The most common jobs affected are cleaners, midday supervisors, kitchen assistants and breakfast club supervisors.

“I have now asked the new Conservative leadership of the Council to set out a timetable for our staff being paid the Real Living Wage, so that the Vale stops being a poverty pay employer.”

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