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Burnley Council in wage boost bid

BURNLEY Council is looking at the possibility of becoming a Living Wage employer to ensure its lowest-paid staff are paid enough to meet the basic costs of living.

The council’s executive will discuss the proposals at its meeting on February 18.

The Living Wage is currently set at £7.45 per hour outside London and is reviewed annually.

Unlike the national minimum wage of £6.19 per hour, the Living Wage is a voluntary undertaking.

Coun Mark Townsend, the executive member for resources and performance management, said: “No-one should have to do a hard day’s work for less than they can live on. We realise times are tight for everyone and we all have to make sacrifices.

“However, that doesn’t mean that Burnley Council, as a responsible employer, shouldn’t take the lead in looking at ways of making sure its lowest paid staff are receiving a reasonable wage.

“We have to make sure the council’s lowest hourly rate is enough for staff and their families to meet the basic cost of living.”

The council employs around 500 staff. A total of 17 temporary or permanent staff, mainly clea-ners, currently earn less than the Living Wage.

A further 29 casual workers would also see their pay packets increase. The cost of moving to a Living Wage is estimated at around £10,000 to the council and would be met from within planned budgets.

Council staff have seen their wages frozen since 2009.

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1:19pm Tue 12 Feb 13

rumblesteveskin says...

so if £13,559 is a living wage and enough to live off, why does Steve Rumbelow earn £135,432 (inc. £15,898 pension contribution & £6,806 for election) Mick Cartledge £82,963 (inc. £9,739 pension contribution) and Mike Cook £77,017 (inc. 9,041 pension contribution)?

Does Steve Rumbelow really deserve 10 times more pay? does he really do 10 times more work? I'm sure Cartledge doesnt deserve to get £69,404 more than anyone.
so if £13,559 is a living wage and enough to live off, why does Steve Rumbelow earn £135,432 (inc. £15,898 pension contribution & £6,806 for election) Mick Cartledge £82,963 (inc. £9,739 pension contribution) and Mike Cook £77,017 (inc. 9,041 pension contribution)? Does Steve Rumbelow really deserve 10 times more pay? does he really do 10 times more work? I'm sure Cartledge doesnt deserve to get £69,404 more than anyone. rumblesteveskin
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2:05pm Tue 12 Feb 13

midas says...

rumblesteveskin wrote:
so if £13,559 is a living wage and enough to live off, why does Steve Rumbelow earn £135,432 (inc. £15,898 pension contribution & £6,806 for election) Mick Cartledge £82,963 (inc. £9,739 pension contribution) and Mike Cook £77,017 (inc. 9,041 pension contribution)? Does Steve Rumbelow really deserve 10 times more pay? does he really do 10 times more work? I'm sure Cartledge doesnt deserve to get £69,404 more than anyone.
A rather simplistic way of comparing worth, I'm suprised you haven't worked out how many hospitals we could build or how many nurses we could employ!
[quote][p][bold]rumblesteveskin[/bold] wrote: so if £13,559 is a living wage and enough to live off, why does Steve Rumbelow earn £135,432 (inc. £15,898 pension contribution & £6,806 for election) Mick Cartledge £82,963 (inc. £9,739 pension contribution) and Mike Cook £77,017 (inc. 9,041 pension contribution)? Does Steve Rumbelow really deserve 10 times more pay? does he really do 10 times more work? I'm sure Cartledge doesnt deserve to get £69,404 more than anyone.[/p][/quote]A rather simplistic way of comparing worth, I'm suprised you haven't worked out how many hospitals we could build or how many nurses we could employ! midas
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2:32pm Tue 12 Feb 13

rumblesteveskin says...

@MIDAS
"A rather simplistic way of comparing worth, I'm suprised you haven't worked out how many hospitals we could build or how many nurses we could employ!"


and your's is a rather obtuse comment, please do expand.
@MIDAS "A rather simplistic way of comparing worth, I'm suprised you haven't worked out how many hospitals we could build or how many nurses we could employ!" and your's is a rather obtuse comment, please do expand. rumblesteveskin
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2:58pm Tue 12 Feb 13

midas says...

"Does Steve Rumbelow really deserve 10 times more pay? does he really do 10 times more work".
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Whats ten times more work? does he do 10 x the amount of hours? No but does his work generate 10 times more income than the person on the minimum wage? Probably.
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What is his worth to the organisation in comparison to that of the minimum wage employee?
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Should a football player be paid more than the minimum wage and if so, why?
"Does Steve Rumbelow really deserve 10 times more pay? does he really do 10 times more work". . Whats ten times more work? does he do 10 x the amount of hours? No but does his work generate 10 times more income than the person on the minimum wage? Probably. . What is his worth to the organisation in comparison to that of the minimum wage employee? . Should a football player be paid more than the minimum wage and if so, why? midas
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7:01pm Tue 12 Feb 13

liddle 'un says...

Trouble is the tab for these political grand gestures has to be picked up by decent hard working ratepayers.
Trouble is the tab for these political grand gestures has to be picked up by decent hard working ratepayers. liddle 'un
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11:14am Wed 13 Feb 13

midas says...

I'm not sure that paying a living wage, costing £10,000 from existing budgets, really qualifys as a "grand political gesture".
I'm not sure that paying a living wage, costing £10,000 from existing budgets, really qualifys as a "grand political gesture". midas
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