Council rejects living wage proposal

Thursday, 26 October 2017

CAUSEWAY Coast and Glens Borough Council has voted against introducing a living wage for its lowest paid employees. A unanimous decision was taken behind closed doors during a committee meeting last month after the Chief Financial Officer delivered a report on the pay hike's cost to rate-payers and impact on council finances. Instead members agreed to revisit the matter during the rate-setting process in January 2018.
However, the subject was raised again sooner than expected - once more behind closed doors - when SDLP and Sinn Fein councillors demanded a vote at September's meeting of the full council.
This time a motion, calling for the immediate introduction of the living wage, was only narrowly defeated by a coalition of unionists - excluding PUP member Russell Watton who voted with nationalists and republicans.


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