Council set to look at policy of employment

Halifax Town Hall
Halifax Town Hall

The meeting of Calderdale Council’s Governance and Business Committee on Monday could have a major impact on council employees.

Topics on the agenda include the introduction of a the so-called ‘living wage’ and amendments to the council’s employment policies.

If it is approved the living wage will see the lowest paid council workers’ wages rise from £6.19 per hour to £7.45 per hour.

The council suggests this will be a boost for 390 workers.

Council leader, Coun Tim Swift (Lab,Town), said: “We want to improve well being, increase life chances and reduce inequality in Calderdale, by paying our own staff a fair wage and by encouraging other employers to do so.

“We are very aware that some of the lowest paid staff, whether in council employment or other sectors, are also those who provide the most important personal services.

“At the moment, more than one in 10 full time employees in Calderdale are paid less than the proposed Calderdale living wage.

“By adopting this as a council, we hope to encourage other employers to take up the challenge, and help to make Calderdale a place where work pays fairly and where everyone has a stake in a thriving economy.”

Also up for discussion is a series of amendments to working policies and benefits of council employees as the council looks to make £600,000 of savings.

Salary protection will be reduced from five years to one year but there will be no sick pay deduction.

A range of other proposals will be outlined at the committee meeting at Halifax Town Hall on Monday July 15 at 6pm.