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'.
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