A PETITION has been launched calling on Cornwall Council to ensure staff are paid a "living wage".
Labour councillor Jude Robinson, for Camborne North, wants the council to pledge not to pay less than £7.20 per hour and to become an accredited Living Wage Employer. The Living Wage is said to be the minimum necessary for basic needs including housing, food and clothing.
Calculated by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University, the first National Living Wage was published in 2011 and is now £7.20.
Accredited Living Wage employers have six months from the date of the announcement to implement the wage.
Councillor Robinson said: "People who work hard should not have to struggle and the council should take the lead in building a fair economy in Cornwall. The living wage can lift families out of poverty, reduce reliance on benefits and prevent people falling into debt."
Mebyon Kernow also backed the call but said the Living Wage should be £7.45 per hour.
Robert Simmons said: "Mebyon Kernow believes work should pay for everyone and the lowest earners deserve fair wage levels.
"Cornwall Council employs more than 1,500 staff that earn the civil service minimum of £6.30 per hour. We believe this does not reflect their hard work and dedication."