Posted by: westlancashirerecord | September 2, 2018

Serco Dodges The WLBC Living Wage At WLBC Owned Beacon Park Golf Course

Oh dear. While WLBC trumpets its commitment to pay the Living Wage Foundation “Living Wage” hourly rate of £8.75 it is condoning Serco Leisure Operating Ltd as a contractor to pay less at a WLBC owned facility.

Advertised on 28 August 2018  “Café/Bar Assistant (Casual) | Beacon Park Golf Course…Working Hours: Casual. Salary: Up to £7.83 per hour...We are looking to recruit Casual Cafe/Bar Assistants to work as and when required between Monday – Sunday for Beacon Park Golf Centre. Beacon Park Golf Centre is part of the West Lancashire Community Leisure Trust. Their vision is the creation and maintenance of a first class range of healthy leisure and recreational activities and facilities to serve all parts of the community”. But NOT a first class pay range?

WLBC PAY POLICY STATEMENT 2018/19 (Revised February 2018) “In determining the pay and remuneration of all of its employees, the Council [WLBC] will comply with all relevant employment legislation. This includes legislation such as the Equality Act 2010, Part Time Employment (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 and where relevant, the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Earnings) Regulations. The Council ensures there is no pay discrimination within its pay structures and that all pay differentials can be objectively justified through the use of job evaluation mechanisms, which directly establish the relative levels of posts in grades according to the requirements, demands and responsibilities of the role.

“The Council pays an additional supplement to those Council employees not currently receiving the Living Wage Foundation ‘living wage’ (currently an hourly rate of £8.75). The lowest paid grade applied to any Council post is grade Scale 1 (a) which is paid at Scp 6 on the NJC pay spine, with annual incremental progression (including a Voluntary Living Wage supplement)”.

Serco is already under a “Breach of Condition” notice at the golf course, involving landfill material being deposited and found to be “significantly different” from that shown on the approved plans. Now, this “significantly different” wage should be placed under a similar breach notice to avoid WLBC being accused of wage hypocrisy? Bringing service to life on the cheap is despicable!

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