Alsager becomes living wage council

Labour councillors drive through living wage in Alsager.

At the Alsager Town Council meeting on 22 October, the council agreed to pay all its employees a living wage.  Labour Councillors proposed the motion, which was passed despite opposition from the LibDems.

Alsager Town Cllr Simon Bishop said, “We are delighted that our motion was supported by the overwhelming majority of Councillors as it shows that we want our council to be one that values its staff.  At a time when in-work poverty is reaching shocking levels we can be proud that Alsager is leading the way in ensuring a well-motivated and valued staff team.  This is also important news for the wider community, as studies have repeatedly shown that the extra income gained is usually spent within the local economy, as well as reducing the benefit bill.”

Labour Councillors have been pressing for workers across Cheshire to be paid a living wage. At the Cheshire East Council meeting in December a motion to increase the hourly rate of the lowest paid workers at Cheshire East Council to a Living Wage of £7.45 per hour was proposed and seconded by Labour Councillors Laura Jeuda and Gill Boston.

Cheshire East Councillor for Sandbach Heath & East Sam Corcoran said, “When the major accountancy firm PwC implemented a living wage policy they noticed improvements in staff morale, retention and productivity. A living wage is not only a fair and just policy; it also makes good business sense.”

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