ss Great Britain introduces living wage for all staff
Bristol ship ss Great Britain has become one of the best known employers in the city to announce that it is to introduce a living wage for all its staff.
The move comes just a few weeks after South Gloucestershire Council included the living wage in its budget despite making £26 million worth of cuts. The Bristol Living Wage is currently estimated at £7.45 and the current minimum wage is £6.19 for people over the aged 21.
Matthew Tanner, the chief executive of the tourist attraction, said the ss Great Britain Trust committed itself to the aim of paying all staff at least at the level of the current Living Wage for Bristol by the end of 2013.
He said: "The ss Great Britain Trust values the dedication and commitment of every member of staff.
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"Essentially without their dedication the trust could not continue the conservation of Brunel's masterpiece the ss Great Britain and keep this inspiring visitor attraction open for all to enjoy. Our aim is to be the best at what we do, and to do this the trust wishes to recruit and retain the best people that Bristol has to offer. The trust believes in its staff, and that is made clear by this significant step."
The Living Wage campaign was launched in 2001 by a group of parents in East London who were frustrated by working two minimum wage jobs.