Polytunnels firm in Living Wage pledge

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A polytunnel company has become the first organisation in Pendle to become an accredited Living Wage employer.

First Tunnels Polytunnels Ltd will pay all staff a minimum hourly wage of £7.85, regardless of whether they are permanent employers or third-party contractors and suppliers.

The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay

Living Wage Foundation Director

Their commitment was applauded by the Living Wage Foundation, the organisation who independently set the Living Wage according to the basic cost of living in the UK.

The rate is currently set at £9.15 in London and £7.85 elsewhere.

By paying a Living Wage the Pendle company will be paying employees at least £1.35 per hour more than the national minimum wage of £6.50 currently provides for.

Managing Director of First Tunnels Polytunnels, Sean Barker, said: “This is a really proud moment for the company as it approaches celebrating 25 years in business.

“We believe we are the first and only Polytunnel supplier in the UK to achieve this accreditation, and as such are delighted to be leading the way.”

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis.

The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome First Tunnels to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now.

“The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.”