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Northampton key worker pay must be levelled up, says GMB Union

19 Mar 2021
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GMB Union has launched a campaign to secure a decent pay rise for key workers across Northamptonshire - with the Real Living Wage as a base.   

This move follows Government announcements the nation will be ‘levelling up’ post-coronavirus.  

Workers at Veolia, Id Verde and Norse for Northamptonshire West Councils are demanding a minimum of £9.50 an hour, which more than half of the operatives are paid less than.  

Many waste workers in Northamptonshire West are paid just above the minimum wage – whereas waste workers in other areas often earn between £11.10 and £18.85 for their dangerous work.  

Cllr Emma Roberts, Chair of West Northamptonshire Labour Group said:  

"I'm supporting GMB's campaign for a pay raise for local authority contractors to ensure they are paid fairly and appropriately for the work they do.    

“I think it is imperative that local authorities lead by example and ensure all employees and that includes contractors are supported with the right pay.    

“That feeds not only into the growth of individuals and their family with fair terms and conditions but also into the health of our Town.   

“If the Government are serious about 'levelling up' they should be calling for the same. 

Dave Warwick, GMB Regional Organiser said: 

“We are looking for the local councils to ensure the funding to enable their contractors pay a decent wage rise to our members, the people who have kept the streets clean in Northampton West throughout this difficult year.” 

 
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