The Conservative-run Vale of Glamorgan Council is announcing today that it is to increase the wages of some of its lowest-paid workers .
The plan has been discussed with the relevant trade unions and, when approved by Cabinet in September, would see an immediate increase in pay levels for over 1,000 employees, including cleaners, kitchen assistants and breakfast club supervisors.
The proposed change in pay rates would set the lowest pay rate at £7.90 per hour – fixing it at above the “National Living Wage” rate which is £7.50 per hour. The plan is to progressively move the Vale’s lowest pay rates upwards to the level of what’s called the “Voluntary Foundation Living Wage” – which is currently £8.45 per hour.
Council Leader John Thomas ( Conservative St Athan) is also asking council officials to undertake a detailed assessment of the implications of moving Vale employees onto the “Foundation Living Wage“. Cllr Thomas supports the idea but is stressing the need for a properly-costed assessment before taking a final decision.
Councillor Thomas said:“This is an initial and immediate step in a journey to improving pay levels for our lowest paid workers.I want to see the Conservative-run council moving further towards the voluntary Foundation Living Wage over the course of my leadership and am working with officers to do that assessment.”
He says “This would be good for staff morale and will have a positive impact on attendance and productivity.I think that it is important to send a clear message to staff that they are valued, and if such a move is financially sustainable – which I believe it can be – then it’s a step that the Vale council will take under my leadership.”
The Vale Council’s plans include a proposed uplift to the lowest pay point for vouncil workers from £15,014 to £15,246 in December 2017. This will be in advance of further expected pay increase in April 2018 as part of the wider local government pay review.