Liverpool City Council ups minimum pay rates

Liverpool
City Council is to abolish its bottom two pay grades and implement its own
minimum wage.

The
move follows a year-long study in conjunction with trade unions.

As
many as 3,276 of the council’s lowest paid staff will each receive pay rises of
up to £755 a year as National pay grades 1 and 2 are scrapped.

Under
the deal the manual grades will be abolished over two years and by April 2005
staff at Liverpool Council will receive a minimum salary of £5.15 per hour –
£1.04 more than the current National Minimum wage.

Traditionally
low paid employees such as care workers, gardeners and kitchen assistants will
all benefit but female staff are the biggest winners as more than 1,000 to
receive better pay.

www.liverpool.gov.uk

By Ross Wigham

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