Telco calls for fair pay kitemark plan

Telco, the civic activism group, is launching a New Year campaign to persuade voluntary organisations to pay workers and agency staff a "living wage" of up to £6.70 an hour.

To boost the competitiveness of those charities abiding by the minimum, Telco wants the sector to develop a kitemark to identify them. "Charities could then lobby local authorities and, as part of their own commitment to poverty reduction, they could give preference to those charities offering staff a living wage," said community organiser Catherine Howarth.

Writing in Third Sector this week, Telco chairman and CEO of community development charity Aston Mansfield, Paul Regan, says the charity agreed to a settlement of seven per cent for its lowest-paid staff, despite financial difficulties.

See Thinkpiece, p15.

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