A Preston city centre hotel due to open this year has vowed to continue its pledge to not use zero-hour contracts.Advertisement
Signature Living said their working standards, which include paying the Living Wage, would be kept at the Shankly Hotel.
Work is continuing on converting the old Post Office in Market Street into the new upmarket boutique hotel and restaurant, which is due to open in April this year.
Owner of the Signature Group Lawrence Kenwright has spoken extensively about his firm’s plan to scrap zero-hours contracts in Spring last year.
Mr Kenwright said he was inspired by hearing from shadow chancellor Labour’s John McDonnell on the issue.
He said: “When it comes to receiving your monthly wages, nobody should have to face the anxiety of an uncertain pay cheque. But sadly, this is the reality for millions across the country, leaving hardworking families with little room to budget or the resources for a healthy work-life balance.
“Looking at the hotel and hospitality sector with a fresh perspective, I dropped zero-hour contracts within Signature Living immediately, and I am pleased to say that all our employees are now on fixed contracts.”
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Kenwright confirmed the company’s commitment to the standard during a visit to another hotel they are fitting out in Belfast.
The Living Wage, which is £9-an-hour, is also to be paid at the Shankly.
They join dozens of Preston firms which have committed to paying the optional higher rate.
Preston City Council, who first paid the Living Wage in 2009, welcomed the move.
Leader of Preston City Council councillor Matthew Brown said: I whole-heartedly welcome the news that the Shankly Hotel will be paying its employees the living wage and not using zero-hour contracts. I hope to see more Preston employers supporting their staff in this way. Preston City Council also ensures it doesn’t employ people on zero hours contracts.
“The living wage doesn’t just benefit employees, it is good for business. It increases motivation and retention rates, improves relationships between managers and staff, as well as the organisations’ reputation, and plays an important role in building and supporting the local economy.
“There are now 60 businesses and organisations in Preston who are accredited by the Living Wage Foundation and Preston City Council as Living Wage partners and I am committed to continuing to work with these partners to further increase the number of living wage employers in Preston.”
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The minimum pay per hour for most workers under 25 is the National Minimum Wage.
The National Living Wage is the minimum pay per hour most workers aged over 25 are entitled to by law.
It depends how old you are, for an apprentice it is £3.70, up to £7.83 for those aged 25 and over.
The Living Wage is a voluntary rate of pay which 4,700 UK employers have signed up to paying. It is £9-an-hour outside of London and £10.55-an-hour in London.
The National Living Wage is a higher rate of the minimum wage for those aged over 25, and has to be paid by UK law.
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