Matthew Tanner; Chief Executive of Brunel’s ss Great Britain has today announced that the ss Great Britain Trust has committed itself to the aim of paying all staff at least at the level of the current Living Wage for Bristol by the end of 2013.
The Bristol Living Wage is £7.45, a considerable amount more than the minimum wage and is offered by employers on a voluntary basis.
Chief Executive Matthew Tanner said;
“The ss Great Britain Trust values the dedication and commitment of every member of staff.
“Essentially without their dedication the Trust could not continue the conservation of Brunel’s masterpiece the ss Great Britain and keep this inspiring visitor attraction open for all to enjoy. Our aim is to be the best at what we do, and to do this the Trust wishes to recruit and retain the best people that Bristol has to offer. The Trust believes in its staff, and that is made clear by this significant step announced today.”
The Living Wage campaign was launched in 2001 by a group of parents in East London who were frustrated by working two minimum wage jobs, to still not have enough time with their families. This group of parents then set up ‘Citizens UK’ which presented the Living Wage initiative to government.
The Living Wage is now a national movement which is being backed by both the Prime Minister and the leader of the opposition. The Living Wage Foundation has reported that 50% of employees felt that the Living Wage had made them more willing to implement changes in their working practices; enabled them to require fewer concessions to effect change; and made them more likely to adopt changes more quickly.*
The ss Great Britain Trust employs a mix of professional staff alongside many volunteers of all ages who give their time to the award winning charity and visitor attraction in Bristol.
*Living Wage Foundation