Morrisons lifts pay to above living wage
Morrisons has pledged to pay its staff more than the governments new National Living Wage by increasing its hourly pay rate for store staff to £8.20 an hour from a previous minimum of £6.83.
More than 90,000 staff will benefit across all age brackets.
The supermarket said it will make an extra investment of more than £40 million in the improved hourly pay rate. Supplements, such as a premium for working on Sunday, will also be simplified.
David Potts, chief executive of Morrisons, said: “We have been listening to our colleagues who told us they want their pay to be more competitive and simpler.
“By paying a significantly higher hourly rate, we are recognising the contribution of our excellent staff, who are so important to the revival of Morrisons.”
The shopworkers’ union Usdaw is supporting the pay move and recommending it to its members.
In July, the Chancellor announced that the £6.50 minimum wage will be replaced by a National Living Wage. From April next year, working people aged over 25 will be entitled to a wage of £7.20 an hour with the rate rising to £9 an hour by 2020.
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