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Nestle to pay Living Wage to all contractors – but does it work?

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My basic pay is below the quoted living wage, but with shift allowances and timekeeping bonuses I earn a substantial amount greater than the ‘living wage’.

However, I work in hot, dangerous and dirty conditions and I know employers will use the ‘living wage’ to pay less than they should by quoting ‘more than the living wage’ just as minimum wage has been used.

Let’s have some bargaining power with strong trade unions unencumbered by anti-trade union legislation.

I honestly believe when the minimum wage was introduced it should have been set at £10 an hour.

Minimum wage SHOULD BE A LIVING WAGE!

Vox Political

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The occasionally-controversial food giant Nestle has become the first major manufacturer to agree to pay the Living Wage to all of its staff, including all contractors.

Apparently it already pays the Living Wage to all 8,000 people who are directly employed by the company; now it is extending the policy to its 800 contractors – to be in place by the end of 2017.

This presents us with an opportunity. The Living Wage is set at £8.80 an hour in London and £7.65 an hour elsewhere in the UK – but does it live up to its label?

Vox Political wants to hear from anybody who receives the Living Wage. If you get it, does it allow you to pay your way without having to claim any state benefits at all, as intended?

Tell us your experiences, using the Comment column below.

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Written by Smiling Carcass

01/07/2014 at 8:27 AM

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