The GMB union has named and shamed ten councils in a bid to raise town hall pay. The union wants all councils to pay the Living Wage and four on the 2014 list – Harrow, West Lancashire, Waltham Forest and North East Derbyshire – have now signed up for it. The ten “worst” councils with proportion of jobs paying less than the living wage in 2014 are: West Somerset 42.9%; Harrow 41.1%; Torridge 38.6%; West Lancashire 38.3%; Waltham Forest 38.2%; Breckland 38.0%; West Devon 37.3%; North Norfolk 36.5%; North East Derbyshire 36.3%; and Woking 35.9%.
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Pleased to say that Lib Dem run Lydiate Parish Council has agreed to pay its staff the Living Wage without the need to be named and shamed.