Fermanagh South Tyrone Sinn Féin Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Sinn Féin Councillors welcome FODC introduction of living wage

Published: 16 October, 2016

During Wednesday night's Policy and Resource meeting Fermanagh and Omagh District Council agreed to become a fully-accredited Living Wage employer with the Living Wage Foundation; therefore, they will pay a minimum living wage of £8.25.

Councillor Feely said,

"The living wage of £8.25 an hour is calculated according to the basic cost of living. It is set independently and updated every year.

"From April 2017, the start of the new financial year, the lowest wage paid to any council worker will be the minimum wage set by the Living Wage Foundation.

"Every worker deserves a decent wage and this should be the minimum they should expect."

Speaking after the meeting, Enniskillen councillor Debbie Coyle said:

"Fermanagh and Omagh district suffers from some of the lowest wages in the North. We in Sinn Féin felt strongly that Fermanagh and Omagh District Council show positive leadership by paying the lowest paid council workers at least the living wage.

"As the Council becomes a living wage employer it is hoped that other employers within the Fermanagh and Omagh area will follow their good example and consider doing the same.

"Fermanagh and Omagh District Council are joining Belfast City Council and Derry and Strabane Council in paying the living wage. Our aspiration would be that other councils in the North will join us." - Críoch/End