Belfast Telegraph

Union calls for living wage for water workers

A campaign has been launched for all water workers to be paid the living wage after a study found a "huge chasm" between the pay of bosses and other employees in the industry.

The Unison union said all water companies should follow the example of those in Yorkshire, Scotland and Northumberland and pay the £8.25-an-hour rate, and £9.40 in London.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: "Water companies are making huge profits and paying their top executives massive salaries.

"They could easily afford to start paying their lowest-paid employees a proper living wage. This is the very least that workers in the water industry deserve.

"Our campaign wants to end this stinginess and see at least a living wage paid throughout the industry."

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