Maidstone Needs a Pay Rise

Maidstone Needs a Pay Rise

Maidstone Needs a Pay Rise

This weekend Maidstone was gripped by the Trade Union Congresses ‘Britain Needs a Pay Rise’ campaign which saw Young Members launching a petition calling on Maidstone Borough Council & Kent County Council to pay all staff a Living Wage. The Living Wage is the independently verified amount of money needed to maintain a basic standard of living currently set at £7.85 outside of London and £9.15 per hour in London.


 

Maidstone Needs a Pay Rise


 

Elliot Dean the Southern & Eastern Region Young Members Network chair said “Everyone who goes to work deserves to earn enough money to maintain a basic standard of living, the Living Wage allows people to do that. Over 1 in 4 people in Maidstone & the Weald earn less than the Living Wage forcing many to claim in work benefits or use food banks. This can not continue.”

Employment performance in Maidstone has been poor in recent years, with the number of jobs decreasing since 2010. The economic impact of the recession has been particularly severe in Maidstone compared to elsewhere in Kent and to similar towns in the south east. This was largely due to high job losses in the public sector and this sector continues to be at risk from cuts in public sector spending.

 

Both the Conservative MP for Maidstone & the Weald Helen Grant and the leader of Maidstone Borough Council Annabelle Blackmore (con) attended the event but decline to sign the petition or support the campaign.

Maidstone Needs a Pay Rise


Stacey Davies a Council worker said: ” The living wage is good for employers as it boosts motivation and staff output while reducing ill health and recruitment costs due to higher staff retention.Its about time both Maidstone Borough Council and Kent County Council become Living Wage accredited employers.”

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