Lowest paid Lambeth Council workers to get pay rise
3:18pm Thursday 5th July 2012 in Streatham
Some of Lambeth’s lowest paid workers will have their wages increased after the council secured a new services contract.
A new deal with Balfour Beauty will see contracted staff who provide cleaning, security and repairs for council buildings paid the living wage minimum amount.
The move comes as Lambeth Council declared its intention to become a London Living Wage Council.
The wage was implemented in 2006 with the aim of bringing the pay of contracted staff up to the same level as direct employees of the council.
Councillor Steve Reed, leader of the council, said: “This increase in pay for workers on low incomes will deliver real improvements in their quality of life, provide greater dignity in work and put more money into the local economy.”
Sarfraz Jeraj, chairman of Lambeth Citizens, a council consultation group, said: “This bold step will make a huge difference to the lives of hard working families in Lambeth. We look forward to seeing the Living Wage Employer Mark proudly displayed at council buildings across the borough.