Leading nuclear fuel supplier signs up to the Local Living Wage

28 November 2017

URENCO UK Ltd has recently signed up to Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Local Living Wage, supporting the local residents and helping to create a thriving economy.  The company, located in Capenhurst, employs over 300 staff in various roles such as administration, catering, cleaning, engineering and science.  Managing Director of URENCO UK Ltd, Martin Pearson said “Paying the Local Living Wage is not only good for our people but our company and industry. It demonstrates a long term commitment to what we do in investing long term in supplying a global market from this part of Cheshire West.”

The company produces enriched uranium which enables nuclear power stations to generate electricity on an international scale.   Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Councillor Samantha Dixon said “We are really pleased that URENCO UK LTD has signed the charter and joined the campaign to help make sure workers in the borough can earn a decent living.  As the cold season approaches, many residents in Cheshire West and Chester will have to make the difficult decision to either heat their homes or put food on the table.  Many of our residents are still living in poverty, with rises in housing, food and fuel prices increasing the cost of living. Therefore, raising pay through the Local Living Wage will help create an economy with less in-work poverty.” The Local Living Wage is voluntary and is a rate set at £8.45 per hour for employees aged 18 or over and takes into account the real cost of living in the borough.   Creating a Local Living Wage for west Cheshire was a key priority for the new Cabinet when it came into power in 2015 and a Local Living Wage rate was paid to all directly employed Council staff from April 2016. 

Employers signing up to the Local Living Wage charter are signing up to reduce poverty, boost the local economy and make life better in west Cheshire.

The Local Living Wage rate is different from the National Living Wage of £7.50 per hour for people aged over 25, a mandatory rate set by government and formerly known as the minimum wage.  
To sign up to the Local Living Wage and show your support in the borough, please go to www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/LLW and complete the online form.

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