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The Presbyterian Church of WalesPresbyterian Church renews commitment to Living Wage

The Presbyterian Church of Wales has renewed its commitment to paying its workers a Living Wage.

The Church signed up to the Living Wage campaign in 2011 and has since increased some workers’ salaries in order to ensure that they receive a living wage.

“We regularly check that all our employees are paid at least a living wage,” said Mari Fflur, Head of Communications. “We have also reviewed our practices in our central office and have worked successfully with our cleaning company to ensure that our cleaning staff receive the living wage. The Bible shows that God cares a great deal about wages, debt and poverty, so churches should lead the way on this issue. We believe in treating our staff with dignity, so that they may live dignified lives and be happy and productive workers.”

This week, the Living Wage Foundation announced that the living wage for 2014 will be £7.65 an hour outside London. This rate is based on independent calculations of the amount of income needed to achieve a minimum acceptable standard of living.

The Presbyterian Church of Wales aims to worship God and spread the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  It has around 25,000 members in some 600 churches, as well as strong links with other denominations both home and abroad.

Eglwys Bresbyteraidd yn ymrwymo eto i dalu Cyflog Byw

Mae Eglwys Bresbyteraidd Cymru wedi ymrwymo eto i dalu Cyflog Byw i’w gweithwyr.

Fe wnaeth yr Eglwys Bresbyteraidd gytuno i fod yn rhan o’r ymgyrch Cyflog Byw yn 2011, ac ers hynny, mae wedi cynyddu cyflogau rhai gweithwyr er mwyn sicrhau eu bod yn derbyn Cyflog Byw.

“Rydym yn gwirio’n rheolaidd fod ein holl weithwyr yn derbyn o leiaf cyflog byw,” meddai Mari Fflur, Pennaeth Cyfathrebu. “Rydym hefyd wedi adolygu ein gweithdrefnau yn y swyddfa ganolog, gan lwyddo i gydweithio â’n cwmni glanhau i sicrhau fod ein staff glanhau yn derbyn cyflog byw. Mae’r Beibl yn dangos fod gan Dduw faich mawr dros gyflogau, dyled a thlodi, felly dylai eglwysi fod ar flaen y gad ar y mater hwn. Credwn mewn trin ein staff mewn modd urddasol, fel y gallant fyw bywydau urddasol a bod yn weithwyr bodlon a chynhyrchiol.”

Yr wythnos hon, cyhoeddodd y Living Wage Foundation mai £7.65 yr awr fydd y cyflog byw ar gyfer 2014 y tu allan i Lundain. Mae’r gyfradd hon yn seiliedig ar ddadansoddiad annibynnol o’r incwm sydd ei angen i sicrhau safon byw derbyniol.

Amcan Eglwys Bresbyteraidd Cymru yw addoli Duw a lledaenu Efengyl yr Arglwydd Iesu Grist.  Mae ganddi tua 26,000 o aelodau mewn 650 o eglwysi, yn ogystal â chysylltiadau ag enwadau eraill, gartref a thramor.

living wageOn 4th November the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University announced the new figure for the Living Wage now stands at £7.65 outside of London, up from £7.45.

The calculation is based on the Minimum Income Standard for the United Kingdom, the product of research by CRSP, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The research looks in detail at what households need in order to have a minimum acceptable standard of living. Decisions about what to include in this standard are made by groups comprising members of the public. The uprating of the Living Wage figure each year takes account of rises in living costs and any changes in what people define as a 'minimum'.

TCC has been working for the Living Wage for Wales for many years, and in 2008 was successful in committing the Welsh Government to paying the Living Wage. Other employers locally paying the Living Wage now also include The Diocese of St Asaph, the Presbyterian Church of Wales, and St Joseph's High School in Wrexham.

TCC logoThrough the Jobs Growth Wales programme, TCC is currently recruiting for someone who is aged 16 – 24 and currently unemployed to become a Sustainable Livelihoods worker in Wrexham.

This will involve working with a small team of volunteers to conduct interviews with local people using the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach (SLA).

Applicants must apply through the Careers Wales website however, more information on the job can be found in the full job                                                                                                        description and person specification.

The closing date for applications is 8th November, so please send this on to anyone you think might be interested.

For more information please call TCC's lead organiser Kay Polley for an informal discussion – 01978 262588 / 07528525872.