1,000 South Tyneside Council staff set to get ‘living wage’

'HISTORIC' ... Unison boss Merv Butler.

'HISTORIC' ... Unison boss Merv Butler.

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ONE thousand low-paid council workers in South Tyneside are today a step closer to receiving a ‘living wage’.

The move – recommended by an independent commission – leaves South Tyneside Council needing to find £700,000 to cover its wage bill if it presses ahead with the plan next year.

The commission has recommended South Tyneside pays its lowest paid workers a minimum of £7.65 an hour – £1.34 above the national minimum wage of £6.31 an hour.


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