Sinn Féin councillor Paul Fleming has welcomed the decision by the new Derry and Strabane Council to unanimously support his party’s call for adoption for a living wage to be introduced.
Councillor Paul Fleming said
“We are pleased that we got support for our motion for the introduction of a living wage to be introduced.
In 2014 people deserve to be paid a decent wage and Sinn Féin believes that introducing the living wage will ensure that the lowest-paid workers will enjoy a better quality of life.
“Paying local workers a living wage would help boost the North West economy because they would have more money to spend in local businesses.
“Providing workers with a living wage would also help prevent the emergence of a two-tier economy which would leave behind those on benefits and low pay.”
“Sinn Féin is determined that people are paid a wage that reflects their work and allows people to move out of the poverty bracket.”
Concluding he said
We will also be pushing to ensure that one of the first actions of the new council will be the formation of a job creation unit for the Derry and Strabane area to help lift people out of unemployment and create sustainable jobs.
Councillor Fleming to Move:-
`In recognition of the financial pressures faced by low paid workers,that this Shadow Council agrees to bring forward proposals for a living wage for its work force effective from 1st April 2015