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Labour AM for Swansea East Mike Hedges has today reiterated his support for seeing a Living Wage rolled out across Wales to help low-paid workers suffering from in-work poverty.
Earlier today, the Swansea AM hosted an event in the National Assembly with Cuts Watch Cymru and other civic society organisations to mark Living Wage Week 2013, which is an annual celebration dedicated to Living Wage accredited employers and organisations.
The Living Wage is the minimum hourly wage necessary to ensure an adequate standard of housing, food and other basic needs for individuals and their families.
As part of this year’s Living Wage Week, Cuts Watch Cymru launched their Living Wage Charter where Welsh Assembly Members were asked to sign-up and show their support for the Living Wage.
Speaking at the launch of the Living Wage Charter, local AM Mike Hedges said:
“One of the biggest problems facing us in Wales today is in-work poverty. Research has shown that the best way of tackling this is by paying low-paid staff a living wage, which is the minimum needed to enable workers to afford a basic standard of living.
“Living Wage Week is about congratulating all accredited employers in Wales for their commitment towards supporting low-paid staff through a Living Wage, and also about encouraging those who do not to follow suit.”