The first meeting of North Somerset Council's Living Wage working group took place on 25th July 2013. North Somerset UNISON Reps attended the meeting, along with North Somerset councillors, and the Head of HR.
The working group aims to look at the costs and benefits of implementing the living wage for North Somerset Council staff and Schools staff. It will also look at the possibility of encouraging council contractors and other North Somerset employers to pay their staff the living wage.
The working group will report to the council's Community & Corporate Organisation Policy Scrutiny Panel, which will then make a recommendation to the Executive with the possibility of implementing the living wage from April 2014.
The terms of reference for the group can be downloaded here
The branch has recently been accredited by the Living Wage Foundation and we received our plaque this week. Here it is: