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The trade union Unison is hoping that the move to implement a 'living wage' by Newcastle City Council for its employees will be one that is that spread across the region.
The council is the first in the region to grant to 'living wage' which will see its lowest paid workers earning one pound more than the average minimum wage.
Clare Williams, from Unison, says that there are many reasons to push for a 'living wage'.
Newcastle City Council has become the first council in the region to give its lowest-paid workers a pay rise to the so-called 'living wage'.
Two thousand people are now earning £7.20 an hour - a pound more than the national minimum wage.
The amount is an independent assessment of how much it costs to live.
However, it is estimated that the move will cost the council nearly a million pounds a year.
The trade union Unison is now campaigning for other councils to follow suit.
Newcastle Council has introduced a so-called 'Living Wage' for its workers, ensuring that every worker gets paid at least £7.20 an hour.
Workers have now received their first pay cheque at the new rate, with as many as 2,200 people receiving a rise.
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Thousands of workers are receiving a pay rise, because the council says the minimum wage is no longer enough.