Pay Rise For Nestle's Lowest Paid Staff
5:56am 30th June 2014
(Updated 11:40am 30th June 2014)
The accreditation also covers approximately 8,000 employees across Nestlé UK and its sister companies, which include: Nestlé Nutrition, Nestlé Professional, Nestlé Waters and Nestlé Purina Petcare.
News of the announcement has also been welcomed by the Archbishop of York who last week announced the findings from the Living Wage Commission report urging more big employers to sign up to the Living Wage.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said:
“I’d like to commend Nestlé for its voluntary commitment to take up the living wage for its employees. This is a very encouraging step and it is my hope that other organisations will follow their lead."
“The emerging recovery means that thousands more businesses are now able to pay a Living Wage to all of their staff – those that can afford to do this should be encouraged to do it without delay. We must seize this opportunity to end income inequality that has left many people in work living in poverty and strive for fairer pay for all”.
In addition to staff employed directly by Nestlé York who are paid the Living Wage, the Company will now work closely with contractors and agencies to ensure that all workers will be paid the UK Living Wage by December 2017.
Hugh Bayley, MP for York Central said:
"Nestlé is one of the UK's biggest employers and it plays a pivotal part in York's economy. I congratulate them on implementing the living wage. It is a very significant step. If Nestlé can do it so can other employers, and I hope many in York and elsewhere will now follow Nestlé's lead."
Nestlé UK & Ireland Chairman and CEO, Fiona Kendrick said:
“We are proud to be the first mainstream manufacturer in the UK to become a Living Wage employer and see this as an opportunity to be a positive influence in our sector."
“As a major UK employer, we know that this is the right thing to do. Not only does it benefit our employees but also the communities they live and work in.”
Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said:
“The accreditation of Nestlé as a Living Wage employer marks a significant milestone in the campaign to tackle in-work poverty. Nestlé is the first FMCG company to join the Living Wage movement, bringing the Living Wage to every shelf, shop and home in the UK. We hope that the leadership they have shown will encourage others in this industry to follow suit and improve conditions for those at the lowest end of the pay scale and sub-contracted staff."
“We are aware that Nestlé is going above and beyond the basic requirements of becoming an accredited employer, and is extending their commitment to graduate, internship and school leaver programmes. This is fantastic news, demonstrating that businesses who can, should do more wherever possible.”
As part of our ongoing commitment to the Nestlé Youth Employment Initiative, which provides employment opportunities to young people under 30, the Living Wage will also apply to the company’s graduate, internship and Fast Start school leaver programmes.
York Council leader James Alexander welcomed the announcement saying:
"Nestle is a great addition to the list of York employers signing up to pay the living wage since York's independent Fairness Commission kick-started a city-wide campaign on this important issue. Tackling low wages is a key priority for the city, especially as we get closer to full employment. York is spearheading a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work and this is why City of York Council was the first local authority in Yorkshire to commit to implement the Living Wage."
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