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USDAW praises Ikea for continuation of living wage commitment

The news follows the Living Wage Foundation announcement of new rates for the ‘real’ living wage last November which gave accredited businesses six months to implement the increase

Ikea has been praised by the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) for its continued commitment to be a living wage employer and pay its employees at least £10 per hour.

The news follows the Living Wage Foundation announcement of new rates for the “real” living wage last November which gave accredited businesses six months to implement the increase.

Despite the national minimum wage increasing in April, the union has called on the government to make £10 the minimum wage for all workers, and provide a living wage.

Additionally, the union is calling for a minimum contract of 16 hours per week that reflects normal hours worked and a ban on zero-hour contracts. Furthermore, the union calls for better sick pay for all workers, from day one, at average earnings.

Dave Gill, national officer, Usdaw: “Usdaw has been in discussions with Ikea about them continuing to be a Living Wage employer and implementing the latest increase. So our members are pleased to hear today that the company has agreed to pay the new Living Wage from May.

“While we welcomed the latest increase in living wage rates, Usdaw continues to campaign for a New Deal for Workers with a minimum wage of at least £10 per hour and an end to insecure employment. Living wage employers like Ikea are leading the way, but we need the Government to go much further.”

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