Gordon and Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell have been promoting Living Wage Week by visiting URPotential, who pay all their staff the wage.
The visit was on the back of the Shadow Chancellor’s speech at the Party’s North West Regional Conference, where he said Labour would introduce a statutory real Living Wage, which independent forecasts would put at over £10 an hour in 2020. They were also joined by Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, who is Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
Gordon said: “Everyone in Blackpool should be paid enough to live on and to adequately provide for their family. That’s why I am pleased organisations like URPotential are taking a lead on this and already paying their staff the proper current Living Wage of £8.45 an hour. As Ben told us, it makes a big difference to his life in the things it enables him to do but it also benefits URPotential and as an independent study found it enhances the quality of work.”
Deborah Terras, Director of URPotential said: “We are proud to be a Living Wage employee and we were happy to have the opportunity to talk to the MPs about the work we deliver in our communities. While we may be a very small organisation, we employ 13 people, we are committed to ensuring our staff team are treated with the dignity they deserve and paid the salary to be able to have decent and fulfilling lives.”
Ben Mathew, 22, and is training to be the Office Manager at URPotential added: “Having the Living Wage has enabled me to start planning for the future, I can look at saving for a house and I know URPotential have invested in me through paying me a salary that will enable me to live a decent life.”