Welcome as USW becomes 200th employer to make fair pay commitment

Dawn Bowden AM for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney has welcomed the announcement that the University of South Wales has become an accredited Living Wage employer which will bring benefits to staff employed at Merthyr college.

Dawn Bowden said “The commitment to pay the real Living Wage will see everyone working at the University, including Merthyr college, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors, receive a minimum hourly wage of £9. This is significantly higher than the government minimum wage of £7.83 for 25 year olds and £7.38 for 21 year olds. This is good news and sets a good example for employers in the constituency. I congratulate the University and all those involved in campaigning for and securing this Living Wage commitment”.

Dawn and Gerald Jones MP on recent visit to Merthyr college.

Dan Beard, UNISON USW branch secretary said,

“This is good news for all support staff at the University – from those in departments from security to cleaning and catering and we thank the University for working with us on this.  We are also appreciative of the leadership shown by the Welsh Government on this and note Kirsty William’s call last year for universities to establish a Living Wage sector rapidly.  This is a clear sign of how the proposed Social Partnership Act could function, with trade unions, employers and government working together.”

The Living Wage Foundation announced that the University of South Wales, has today been accredited as a Living Wage employer, making them Wales’ 200th employer.

The Living Wage Foundation and Cynnal Cymru have hit a long-anticipated milestone after a year of significant growth. They are celebrating the 200th employer in Wales with The University of South Wales, joining the ever-growing movement of responsible Welsh businesses.

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