Lidl has announced that they intend to introduce a Living Wage for all of their workers in Northern Ireland.
Lidl had previously excluded Northern Ireland from its plans to introduce the living wage in the rest of the UK, but this announcement brings NI into line with the other regions in Great Britain.
The announcement has been welcomed by SDLP South Belfast MLA Claire Hanna, who has been a long campaigner for the Living Wage.
She said: “While it was a pity that Lidl had not originally planned to introduce the Living Wage here while implementing it in the rest of the UK, it must be welcomed that they have reconsidered their position and opted for parity. They must also be commended for their decision to offer the true Living Wage and not the rebranded Minimum Wage announced by George Osbourne in July.
“This victory was one for Lidl’s staff and shows all that can be achieved when workers organise for their rights and against inequality. As the cost of living continues to rise, and in the context of proposed removal of tax credits, the introduction of the true Living Wage has become a matter of urgency.
“The SDLP have demonstrated a strong commitment to making work pay for everyone. The Living Wage is a fundamental part of our wider strategy to improve the situation for workers that includes the introduction of 30 hours of free childcare for working families, investing in skills and infrastructure and protecting the rights of individuals to organise within trade unions.”