As part of the introduction of new pay, terms and conditions arrangements in April 2013, a longer-term commitment was given by the Council that work would be undertaken to revise the bottom pay zone.
Recognising the importance and value of good employment conditions in delivering quality public services, the Council is immediately set to increase the lowest pay band for staff from £16,413 to £18,297.
These changes will take effect from 1 January 2015.
In addition, by 2018 every member of staff delivering public services to the residents and business of Camden will have a Minimum Earnings Guarantee of at least £20,000 per annum.
The move sees cleaners, kitchen assistants and school crossing patrol officers receiving an increase in their salary.
Labour councillors and the new Green Councillor passed this motion - opposed by the Camden Tories.
Camden workfare pledgeThis council is committed to ensuring high workforce standards and therefore expresses its concern at the inflexible Coalition Department of Work and Pensions concept of 'workfare', which requires job seekers to work almost a full week in return for benefits.Camden council as an employer has developed an active labour market programme to promote employability including a successful approach to local apprenticeships - with a commitment to create 1000 apprenticeships over our term to help young people and womenfind high quality work in Camden and elsewhere. We are committed to the London Living Wage to combat poverty pay and are campaigning against zero-hours contracts.This council is concerned that there is no evidence workfare assists job seekers in finding work and in fact working a 30-hour week makes that more difficult; that workfare is replacing paid work; and that workfare stigmatises benefits claimants and locks them further into poverty. Workfare also runs counter to the movement to introduce paid internships in the private sector.This council believes that work should pay and therefore opposes the introduction of schemes which force job seekers into unpaid work or face losing their benefits.This council pledges not to use any workfare placements and will also encourage contractors not to use the schemes.