There is delight for the workers at Nestle Girvan this week as the manufacturers have announced each employee will be paid the Living Wage.
Workers at the factory on the Grangestone Industrial Estate will be paid the Living Wage of £7.65 an hour compared to the current UK National minimum wage of £6.31 for those 21 and over.
Nestle are the first major manufacturer in the UK to receive the Living Wage accrediation and the move is set to benefit 8,000 employees across Nestle UK.
And in addition to paying staff at the Girvan factory, who are involved in manufacturing the milk crumbs for Nestle chocolate, the company are committed to ensuring contractors and workers are paid the Living Wage by December 2017.
Sandra Osborne, MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock said: “I am pleased that Nestlé, as a major employer, has been given accreditation as a Living Wage employer and I hope to see many other companies in the private sector following their example.
“Many families today are using food banks because they cannot get by on poverty wages and the sooner this is in the past, the better”.
Nestlé UK & Ireland Chairman and CEO, Fiona Kendrick said: “We are proud to be the first mainstream manufacturer in the UK to become a Living Wage employer and see this as an opportunity to be a positive influence in our sector.
“As a major UK employer, we know that this is the right thing to do. Not only does it benefit our employees but also the communities they live and work in.”