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Living Wage increased

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Over 250,000 people working for almost 7,000 real Living Wage Employers throughout the country are set for a vital pay boost as the new Living Wage rates rise to £9.50 across the UK (20p increase), and £10.85 in London (10p increase), supporting workers and families through the pandemic.

Network Rail is now an accredited Real Living Wage employer. Loraine Martins, Network Rail’s director of diversity and inclusion, said: “I am delighted that Network Rail has been accredited as a Real Living Wage employer.

“While we already pay our 41,000 employees the Real Living Wage, official accreditation by the Living Wage Foundation means that thousands of rail workers in our supply chain will also benefit.

“The varied work that rail staff carry out on our trains, in our stations and on our tracks has never been more important than in recent months, where they have helped to keep Britain connected in challenging times by running a safe and reliable service for key workers and others relying on the railway. Our work with contractors and the Living Wage Foundation will ensure that railway staff are paid appropriately for their vital work.”

A Network Rail spokesman confirmed that the company would be working with its supply chain to ensure that suppliers’ workforces are moved up to the Living Wage rates as contracts come up for renewal.