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Campaigners Call For A Living Wage

Living Wage Protest County Hall 1

8:04am 14th November 2013
(Updated 11:17am 14th November 2013)

500 staff working for Dorset County Council are getting less than the "living wage" of £7.65 per hour.

Trade Union members from Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland will be on the steps of County Hall this morning to call for better pay.

More than 600 staff are also on zero hours contracts which the TUC say makes it difficult to pay the bills.

Tim Nicholls, Secretary of the Trades Council said, "We simply cannot believe the figures that have been given to the unions by the County Council.  Can the Council really justify potentially up to one sixth of the staff living in either low pay or with uncertain contracts?"

Carl Wainwright, Chair of the local Trades Council added, "It is difficult for people on zero hours contracts to do something as simple as get a mobile phone contract due to the instability of their pay, let alone put food on the table and a roof over their head.  This is a disgrace!"

The Trades Council will be continuing its campaign for a Living Wage in Dorset after recent successes at Dorchester Town Council by the Labour Party led to the Living Wage being implemented there.

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