The Observer looks at how initiatives introduced by Brent Council and Islington Council have allowed employers to give low-paid staff a pay increase. In 2012 Islington put all of its direct employees on the living wage and encouraged all of its contractors to follow suit. Using several methods, including knocking on their doors, Islington has encouraged other employers in the borough to pay the living wage. It has also taken advantage of its large pension fund stakes in a number of FTSE 100 companies to raise the low-pay issue at their annual meetings. Elsewhere, Brent Council offers employers a discount on their rates bills in return for paying employees the living wage, it also promises participating companies positive publicity.
The Observer, Business,