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3,000 Cornish Workers Could Get Pay Rise

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7:01am 5th November 2013

Three thousand people in Cornwall could be getting a pay rise.

The council is considering making sure nobody is earning less than £7.45 an hour.

That is known as the living wage - and Pirate FM has learnt most of the staff who would be affected work in the Duchy's schools.

The cost of bringing in the rise is estimated at more than £1m.

Later a group of councillors will decide whether to ask the council's new Chief Executive to examine the possibility.

82 other councils across the country have already brought in the living wage, backed by unions.

For a 37 hour working week the hourly wage equates to an annual salary of around £14,372.

Of the staff who would be in line for an increase, 2,866 work in the Duchy's schools, with a further 265 staff elsewhere at the council.

But in a paper prepared in advance of the meeting official warned: "There is a risk to the Council's relationship with its maintained schools if it implements the Living Wage and amends the pay structure thus requiring schools to implement the Living Wage for school based support staff given the associated budget implications for schools."

It also raises the question of public feeling if the increases are brought in alongside sweeping cuts to council services.

7:01am 5th November 2013

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