The new Derry-Strabane Council has passed a motion pledging to replace the minimum wage with the ‘Living Wage’ for its workers.
The proposal, which was made by Sinn Féin councillor Paul Fleming, was approved at the new Council’s last meeting before the summer break.
It will mean that workers over 21, who might currently receive a minimum wage of £6.31 per hour, will be paid a minimum of £7.65 per hour.
Councillor Fleming said; "People deserve to be paid a decent wage and introducing the living wage will ensure that the lowest-paid workers will enjoy a better quality of life. The minimum wage is £6.31 for people aged over 21 years-old and while it is very important that it is in place, it is a very basic salary which many people find hard to live on. We need to ensure that people get proper rewards for their work and the living wage of £7.65 would help lift people out of the working poor bracket.”