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Cardiff University secures Living Wage accreditation

Cardiff University has become the first university in Wales to be accredited as a Living Wage employer.

It means all staff will receive a minimum hourly wage significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.

It is a matter of basic fairness that people should get a wage which is enough to live on.

Securing accreditation as an official Living Wage Employer sends a clear message that we value our staff and we hope we will act as an example to other Welsh employers.

– Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University


Newport sees biggest increase in Remploy jobs

Employment company Remploy says it's seen an increase of 7% in the number of jobs created for disadvantaged and disabled people in Wales.

Newport saw the biggest increase with 195 new jobs created compared to the previous year.

Other areas of Wales also saw increases.

  • Neath saw an increase of 49% bringing the total number of jobs to 494.
  • Wrexham also saw an increase of 44% bringing the total number to 294
  • Monmouthshire now have 154 jobs available after an increase of 35%.

Remploy sees 7% increase in Welsh jobs

The company has supported more than 80,000 people across the UK into work over the last 5 years Credit: PA

Employment company Remploy says it's seen a 7% increase in the number of jobs created in Wales, over the last 12 months.

Almost 3,900 jobs were created in the last year, for disabled and disadvantaged people.

Figures to the end of March show strong continued growth in the numbers of people supported into work, particularly those with more severe disabilities or health conditions.

Overall in the UK, Remploy delivered 18,500 jobs in 2013-14, an increase of 4% compared to the previous year.

Sian Morgan, Remploy's Director for Wales, said: "We listen to employers' needs and help them to better understand and enjoy the benefits of employing disabled people, in effect transforming their businesses.

"As a result we achieve the Remploy mission as a social business of helping to transform the lives of tens of thousands of disabled people through sustainable employment."

Uskmouth worker: 'I feel for those with young families'

More than 80 jobs are to go after the owners of a power plant in Newport announced it is to close.

Scottish and Southern Energy say they have no choice after failing to find a buyer for the Uskmouth power station, but are hopeful some jobs can be redeployed.

Today one worker told ITV News he felt 'a bit sick' at the news and that he felt sorry for colleagues with young families.

Uskmouth power station closure 'a devastating blow'

The Unite union has described news that Uskmouth power station near Newport is to close as "a devastating blow".

The closure of Uskmouth power station is a devastating blow to both the local workers involved and to the local economy.

These are highly skilled electrical and mechanical engineering jobs – workers that will be lost to the sector in Wales and the Newport economy unless new posts can be found.

– John Toner, Unite Wales Officer


Jobs lost as Uskmouth power station in Newport closes

Eighty-three jobs will be lost in Newport after Scottish & Southern Energy today announced it was closing Uskmouth power station following months of uncertainty.

Uskmouth’s future operational regime had been an area of uncertainty for SSE over the past twelve months as the asset neared the end of its working life and the ongoing financial position of the station continued to be challenging.

SSE is extremely disappointed to close Uskmouth and I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to everyone in the workforce for the contribution they have made over the past five years to the safe and efficient running of the power station.

– Paul Smith, SSE’s Managing Director of Generation

SSE confirmed in March that it was in "detailed negotiations" with prospective buyers for Uskmouth, but says its only option now is to close the plant.

It is possible some roles could be redeployed within SSE.

Wales TUC: 'Pay has been squeezed at all levels'

Wales TUC says nearly a quarter of jobs in Wales pay less than the living wage.

Their General Secretary, Martin Mansfield, said working families are facing the biggest pressures since Victorian times.

Pay has been squeezed at all levels below the boardroom and it's costing our economy dear.

The number of living wage employers is growing rapidly and unions are leading the way in encouraging more employers to sign up and pay it as part of a fairer overall deal at work.

Workers in Wales need to see a far greater commitment to pay the living wage from employers, and the UK Government needs to act now to introduce modern wages councils, which could set higher minimum rates in industries where employers can afford to pay their staff more.

– Martin Mansfield, Wales TUC General Secretary

Nearly a quarter of jobs 'pay less than the living wage'

The living wage stands at £7.65 per hour across the UK. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Wales TUC says close to a quarter of jobs in Wales pay less than the living wage.

Their analysis of official figures revealed 23% of Welsh workers are paid below the living wage - a higher share than in any other UK nation or region.

It also found the concentration of low paid work varies across parliamentary constituencies.

For example, Dwyfor Meirionnydd and Rhondda top the table of pay blackspots with 39.9% and 39.7% of those working locally, earning below the living wage respectively.

For working women, the picture is even bleaker, with around 46% of women working in Dwyfor Meirionydd taking home less than the living wage.

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the introduction of the National Minimum Wage.

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