Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has demonstrated his support for the Living Wage.
The Cardinal’s own diocese, the Diocese of Westminster, has become the first Catholic diocese in England and Wales to be accredited as a Living Wage employer. A growing number of Catholic schools are also now pay the living wage to teaching assistants, catering and school support staff following a joint campaign with UNISON, the public sector union representing low-paid staff in schools.
‘For more than 100 years the Catholic Church has championed the cause of a just wage so that employees can meet the needs of their families’, said Cardinal Nichols.
‘It’s encouraging to see that this has now become a national movement with real momentum behind it. In accordance with Catholic Social Teaching, and as part of its mission to support the poor and vulnerable, the Bishops fully endorse the principle of the Living Wage. As a Church we have given a commitment to work towards implementing the Living Wage for all who work with us. This week I reiterate that commitment.
‘A just wage is the basis for creating a fair economic system. We now look to the wider business community, public sector and the Government to play their part in securing a just wage for the lowest paid in our society.’
For more details of the Catholic Church’s support for the Living wage in Schools see the Catholic Church in England and Wales website.
For more information on the Diocese of Westminster becoming an accredited Living Wage employer see the Diocese of Westminster website.