18 February 2015

Coventry's Belgrade Theatre has joined the list of employers willing to pay the Living Wage.

In the pay review accepted by members at the theatre earlier today (18 February) pay rates will rise by 3 per cent across the board and will be underpinned by the Living Wage, currently £7.85 an hour outside London.

The 3 per cent pay rise, markedly above inflation, has been welcomed by members generally. But the theatre's lowest paid staff - ushers, casuals and cleaners - also value the venue's decision to adopt the Living Wage. The rises will be implemented from April 2015. 

National official, Mick Corfield and local representative, Paul Duncombe, have worked together with members on the 2015-16 review. 

Mick Corfield commented:

"I am pleased to say that at its recent Board Meeting the Board of Directors approved a general pay award of 3%, and a desire to adopt the Living Wage as long as the theatre can contain the costs so that there is minimal impact on the revenue budget.  

"The staff affected by the Living Wage are ushers, casuals and cleaners and the proposal is that their pay would be at the Living Wage from April 2015, with pay rises remaining in April each year along with the rest of the staff. "

Confidence in the future

Joanna Reid, executive director at the venue commented: 

"The Board of Directors at the Belgrade Theatre has committed to become a Living Wage employer.  In the last few years the organisation has had to earn considerable additional money from non-grant sources and in 2014/15 will have earned over 60% of its turnover, up from 51% in 2011/12. 

"This success is down to the hard work of every single employee.  The Board feels confident about the ongoing success of the Belgrade Theatre to deal with the considerable challenges facing it, and wished to make this commitment as a mark of its appreciation."

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