Union keeps up Sheffield campaign for ‘living wage’ payments

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Union campaigners sent Christmas cards featuring Father Christmas and Ebeneezer Scrooge to Sheffield’s council and hospital chiefs – in an attempt to pressure all public sector employers to pay the Living Wage.

The giant cards depicting either a jolly St Nicholas or Charles Dickens’ famous penny-pinching book keeper were signed by hundreds of council and NHS workers hoping for a yuletide pay rise for some of the city’s lowest-paid staff.

The public service union Unison wants everyone to be paid at least the Living Wage of £7.85 per hour – £1.35 more than the National Minimum Wage.

However, it says hundreds of people across the city receive ‘poverty pay’ from some hospital trusts.

John Campbell, joint branch secretary of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals branch said: “Low-paid workers at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Sheffield Children’s Hospital have little to feel jolly about. They work hard to keep our hospitals running, but their bosses are more like Scrooge than Santa.”

Unison’s efforts have already guaranteed the Living Wage pay rate for staff at Sheffield Council, Sheffield University and Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust.