CHURCH OF ENGLAND LEADS THE WAY IN GOVERNMENT’S ATTEMPT TO CUT SPENDINGBY UNDERPAYING CHURCH WORKERS

From EKKLESIA:

Church Action on Poverty has today (10 October 2010) written to all Anglican and Roman Catholic Bishops to press them to sign up their Diocese to pay a Living Wage. Despite the steps taken by the Methodist, Baptist, Church of Scotland and URC churches neither of the two largest denominations - the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England – has taken serious steps towards respecting their low-paid workers with a Living Wage, campaigners say.

Niall Cooper, CAP National Coordinator said: “It is an important for Christians to take the initiative on social justice issues and lead by example. All church workers – administrators, cleaners, caretakers – should be paid the Living Wage of at least £7.85 in London, £7.15 in Scotland and £7.60 everywhere else. We must stand with people and families who are working hard but are still in poverty. For this reason, we are today calling on all Anglican and Roman Catholic Diocese to follow the example of the non-conformist denominations and sign up to pay their employees a Living Wage.“

On 1 October the National Minimum Wage rose from £5.80 to £5.93 for those workers over the age of 21. This ‘pay rise’ is insufficient, says the charity. For those hard working families struggling to make ends meet the 13 pence increase falls a long way short of a Living Wage. Only a Living Wage of at least £7.60 (or £7.85 in London and £7.15 in Scotland) is acceptable to help overcome the problem of ‘in-work poverty’, campaigners say.

Church Action on Poverty is calling upon all employers to pay a Living Wage, but asking churches to take a lead and set an example. It says that it is the churches' moral responsibility to take a lead by paying all their employees a Living Wage, not the minimum wage.

In a statement they quoted Proverbs 14:31; "Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who are kind to the needy honour God."

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CHURCH OF ENGLAND LEADS THE WAY IN GOVERNMENT’S ATTEMPT TO CUT SPENDINGBY UNDERPAYING CHURCH WORKERS — 5 Comments

  1. There was an infamous clergy meeting in Los Angeles several years ago in which one of the cardinal rectors publicly passed on a tip about how the parish had been able to hire so many people to head various areas of lay ministry — hire them at just below half-time so that the parish would not have to pay them any benefits, like medical insurance, pension constributions, vacation time, sick leave, etc., etc.

    The cardinal rector was filled with a great deal of smug satisfaction about this scheme. Everyone else was appalled that a supposedly Christian church would set up a hiring scheme that was intended to rip off its employees like this.

  2. Even 5.93 sterling is higher than the US minimum wage. One of the idiots running for the Senate in Illinois wants to (No Kidding!) lower it.

    FWIW
    jimB

  3. There was a labor report in the US recently that stated that when the minimum wage was raised 10% recently, almost 580,000 young people lost their jobs. Apparently one of the factors is that older workers who’ve lost their jobs are taking a lot of the entry level jobs that used to go to the inexperienced kids. The unemployment rate among all youth is over 26%; among black youth, the unemployment rate is 49%…..

    As it was in the Depression, the real issue here is jobs for those who want and need to work. We hear all the time of 3,000+ people showing up to apply for 200-300 available jobs. People do want to work to support themselves and their families – there is no work, and for so many who have no high school or secondary diplomas, there likely never will be. Some 80% of the jobs the US lost in this last debacle are gone permanently. How do we recover from that level of job loss? I feel the one big mistake the US government has made is failing to set up a mechanism to get people back to work. Roosevelt knew jobs were the key to getting the nation back under way in the 1930s. It’s no different today…..