The Labor Council in Brent, London announced that it will give discounts to businesses if they remunerate their employees with the living wage.
This compliance would mean employers paying their employees with an hourly rate of 9.15 pounds instead of the usual national minimum wage amounting to only 6.5 pounds. The businessmen in Brent, London will save as much as 5,000 pounds if they abide with this new council decree.
With this development, only 30 percent of the cost will be funded by Brent while the remaining 20 percent will be shouldered by Greater London. This is in effect to the changes in coalition which gave the rise for councils to experience greater flexibility over their business rates. According to the plan, the central government will pay half of the cost.
If your company employs at least 500 personnel, you would at least rake in a savings amounting to more than 5,000 pounds. Those small businesses on the other hand with ten people or less are expected to benefit at least 250 pounds.
The impact of the Council’s decision
Approximately 30 percent of the population in Brent earns less than the living wage. Among the firms that pays the living wage rate is the Labor Council. The body strongly believes that if the people living in the area are paid based on the living wage, this would improve the people’s way of life. On the business side, it will also induce enthusiasm and efficiency of the workers. It will have a positive impact on both the firms and the employees.
The move to adopt Brent’s idea
Other Labor councils in London expressed their support for the idea and the possibility of adopting the strategic method. Greenwich said that there is a good chance that change will be adapted in their city. The success of Brent’s firms, people and economy as a whole will be a good example for other Labor councils to try on the new idea. With this idea, ordinary people will be given the privilege to be compensated more and the business firms will also take its fair share of discount from the government.
There were at least 30 people killed in the ongoing battle between pro-Russian separatists and the government of Ukraine. Among those reported dead were two children. The southeastern city of Ukraine is among the many areas in the war stricken country that experienced heavy shelling activities.
There were at least 100 people reported to be injured during the violent attacks. Many of the wounded suffered shrapnel injuries. Seventy five people needed to be rushed to the hospital for the serious injury.
Who is to blame for the attack?
According to the regional police of Donetsk, it was the group of the pro-Russian separatists that are behind the attacks. Only one person was arrested in response to the serious attack.
The police reported that the situation was already under control and urged the residents in the area to stay calm and to listen only to reliable sources of information.
Warnings against Russia
The global community condemns this heinous act of Russia. The United States Secretary John Kerry warned Russia of sanctions from the international committee if it does not stop bullying Ukraine. The Secretary is calling out for Russia to stop its support these separatists, end its supply of weaponries to fighters and to close the border between Russia and Ukraine.
The president of Ukraine expressed his grave sentiments over Russia’s continued support to the violent groups. With Russia’s acts in the past days, they have clearly breached the commitments and agreements that they had during last year’s meeting at Minsk.
The events that led to the tension between Russia and Ukraine
The war between Russia and Ukraine is a crisis on who is the rightful owner of the Crimean peninsula. Russia claimed it to be part of its territory although only five members of the United Nations, including Russia, affirm to Russia’s claims. Ukraine and Russia have been in a continuous struggle since. With Russia being the greater nations between the two, world political leaders see this as a David and Goliath showdown, only this time, the smaller country was sure to lose.
International sanctions were already made on Russia which left deep scars on its economy. Despite the sanctions, Russia still continues to proclaim itself the rightful owner of the peninsula and had opted for violent attacks.