LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN’S AID CELEBRATES LIVING WAGE COMMITMENT
The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Latin American Women’s Aid (LAWA) has today accredited as a Living Wage employer.
The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at LAWA, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors; receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.40 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70 and the new minimum wage premium for over 25s of £7.20 per hour introduced this April.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.
LAWA Trustee, Yara Rodrigues Fowler, “This living wage is important for so many reasons. For us it is especially important for LAWA to show active solidarity will all the Latin Americans in London working for under the Living Wage – sometimes under the minimum wage. Particularly for women, this can make the difference between leaving or staying with an abusive partner.”
Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
Living Wage Foundation Director, Katherine Chapman said: “We are delighted to welcome LAWA to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.
“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.
“We have accredited over 2,600 leading employers, including LAWA, ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that.”