Toilet paper maker Blackburn announces it will pay staff living wages

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Blackburn-based Accrol Papers said the company would pay its staff Real Living wages.

There are over 11,000 Living Wage accredited employers in the UK, of which 128 are based in the county.

The company said it would also become the only accredited Living Wage manufacturer based in South Ribble. It says it will be the only fabric manufacturer in the UK to be a living wage employer.

The national minimum wage for over-23s is £9.50, while the actual living wage is £10.90, according to the Living Wage Foundation.

The national minimum wage is due to rise to £10.42 from April 1 next year.

The Real Living Wage is the only independently calculated wage rate in the UK to cover the cost of living.

Kathryn Robinson, Director of Human Resources at Accrol, said: “At Accrol, we understand that rising costs have a significant impact on everyone – as Company we are not immune and neither are our employees.

“As a Living Wage Accredited Employer, we have confidence and assurance that Accrol colleagues continue to have the financial means to enjoy a minimum acceptable standard of living.

“They also have access to a clear career path as they develop their skills with us.

“At Accrol, our colleagues are essential to our success and it is important to us that through their employment they can lead happier, better and more financially prosperous lives.

“Of the 128 accredited Living Wage employers in Lancashire, only 14 of them are manufacturers.”

Lancashire Telegraph:

The Living Wage Foundation is urging more employers to participate detailing benefits such as “improved co-worker motivation, retention rates and relationships between managers and their staff”.

Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said, “We have continued to see employers like Accrol commit to doing good for their employees and paying them a real living wage. Living Wage employers are leading the way in doing the right thing for their workforce.

Michael A. Bynum