Hundreds of Doncaster Council employees will receive a pay rise after the Mayor announced they will be paid the living wage.
Around 600 full-time employees will now be paid £7.95 an hour, and any staff who have not been paid this amount for the financial year 2014/15 will receive back payments.
Mayor Ros Jones made the announcement earlier this week, following negotiations with recognised trade unions, Unison, GMB and Unite the Union.
In a joint statement Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, and the Unison, GMB and Unite unions said: “Doncaster Council is committed to paying its staff the living wage. We encourage other employers to follow Doncaster Council’s lead on this issue.”
As part of the three year budget setting process, £480k will be used each year for the implementation of the Living Wage.
Workers in schools, where pay is determined by the local authority, will also will benefit.
Doncaster Council will also be encouraging academies, voluntary aided and foundation schools, which are all responsible for determining their own levels of pay, to adopt the Living Wage.
The living wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. It is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK, and is an amount that should enable workers to enjoy an adequate standard of living.