7. WORKERS AND WAGES

7. WORKERS AND WAGES

The UK National Minimum Wage, introduced by a Labour government, is now effectively the maximum wage in many jobs, as employers know that in the current jobs market, they do not need to pay more. The 2017 Labour Manifesto promised to abolish Zero-hours contracts, and to raise the minimum wage so that it is more in line with the National Living Wage (NLW). We need to stipulate that all employees of Cornwall Council be paid at least the NLW, and that in principle, wages etc of all those in local authority employment should be paid at a sufficient rate that they can support themselves and their family, and pay their rent and taxes. We could certainly make it condition of local procurement that we only obtain materials and services from employers who pay at least the NLW, and who respect the right of their employees to join a trade union. Beyond this, we should aim to make Cornwall a place of secure employment in meaningful work at decent rates of pay.