Ed Balls MP, Labour's Shadow Chancellor, and Mike Kane, Labour's candidate in Wythenshawe and Sale East, today visited apprentices and staff at new houses being built by Wythenshawe Community Housing Trust.
Wythenshawe Community Housing Trust today announced that they are to become a 'Living Wage' employer - including paying their apprentices the living wage.
The announcement will mean no employee at the organisation will be paid less than £7.65 per hour - the rate independent experts calculate is the amount required to cope with the cost-of-living.
Ed Balls and Mike Kane toured the building site and met apprentice bricklayers who will be receiving the good news that they're receiving a pay rise.
Labour is a strong advocate of the Living Wage and - if it wins the next election - will introduce tax rebates for employers of up to £1,000 for every employee they up-rate to the Living Wage.
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said:
"I'm delighted to be visiting Wythenshawe Community Housing Trust's site on the day they're announcing they are becoming a Living Wage employer.
"Since 2010 the average real terms wage in the northwest has fallen by £1,685 because of David Cameron's cost-of-living crisis.
"I want to see more employers follow the example being set by Wythenshawe Community Housing Trust to get wages rising. That's why the next Labour government will not only boost the minimum wage but also offer tax incentives of up to £1,000 for every worker firms uprate to the living wage.
"A vote for Mike Kane in this election is a vote for the decisive action needed to tackle the cost-of-living crisis."
Labour's candidate for Wythenshawe & Sale East, Mike Kane, said:
"This is a brilliant example of a local employer giving employment opportunities to young people and making sure they're paid properly for their work.
"The more employers who start paying the Living Wage, the more money will go into the local economy, helping growth and helping families here tackle the cost-of-living crisis."