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Monday, September 26, 2016
Churches call for Living Wage as boardroom excess grows
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¬†Church Action on Poverty is calling on all employers to pay a Living Wage of at least £7 an hour (£7.42 in London) from 1 December 2007, while highlighting continuing excesses and hypocrisy in Boardroom pay levels. Niall Cooper, CAP National Coordinator said: "Paying a Living Wage is not only morally right, but good news for both staff and employers. The latest data on Boardroom pay highlights the hypocrisy of company directors who pay themselves immoral pay increases, whilst continuing to pay poverty pay rates to many of their workers. We are the fourth wealthiest nation on the planet ≠ it is time we started to share the benefits more equally amongst all who help to produce it." "The past few years have seen huge and unjustifiable increases in boardroom pay ≠ fuelling the growing gap between rich and poor. In 2000 company chief executives earned 62 times the pay of their average employees - now they pay themselves 104 times more. This cannot be right in a civilised society." The increase in the Living Wage to £7 an hour simply enables low paid workers to keep pace with the 3% growth in average earnings over the past 12 months. Meanwhile, FTSE 100 Chief Executives 'awarded' themselves a 16% pay increase last year ≠ doubling their earnings in the last five years, to average £3.17m each. annually. But paying a Living Wage is not only the right thing to do - it is also good for business, CAP says. A survey has shown that signing up as a Living Wage Employer reduces turnover of cleaning staff by 50%. Better employment conditions lead to a better motivated workforce. "I used to wake up in the night and feel sick thinking about work", said one cleaner. Now that pay has improved "I feel proud to work in the hospital". The National Minimum Wage increased from £5.35 to £5.52 from 1 October 2007, the 3.2% increase being the lowest since 2002. The Methodist Church, Church of Scotland, United Reformed Church and several Anglican and Catholic Bishops have signed up to principle of the Living Wage. For more information on CAP see: www.church-poverty.org.uk.
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