Liberal Democrats and Independents on Redcar & Cleveland Council today announced a rise in pay for council staff that will ensure all receive a “living wage”.
From 1 April 2015 the Redcar & Cleveland Minimum Wage will be raised to match the National Living Wage, which is £7.85 per hour.
All staff will receive a 2.2% pay rise, except those on £100,000 or more, whose pay will still be frozen.
Lib Dem Cabinet Member for Resources, Councillor Glyn Nightingale (Ormesby ward) said:
“Labour froze pay for council staff in 2008. Now all except those on over £100,000 will get a 2.2% pay rise. And the Living Wage will be introduced.
“People who work for the Council will continue to be motivated to do their best for local people.”
"Council officers have made a major contribution to bringing change in the organisation through the Shaping Our Future initiative."
Councillor Josh Mason, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for the Redcar Constituency and Deputy Leader of the Council, added:
“This move will ensure that all Council staff earn at least a Living Wage. It is also right that those who earn the most do not receive an increase.
“This is part of our commitment to a stronger economy and a fairer society.”