National Express sign up to the Living Wage

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Transport chiefs have celebrated their community spirit at MK Coachway, after National Express signed up to pay its staff the Living Wage.

The firm, who operate services from both the Coachway and MK Central Station, has become the first private transport group to sign up to pay the Living Wage. The pledge will benefit hundreds of workers across its UK bus, coach and rail businesses.

Council leader Pete Marland and Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate Andrew Pakes helped to mark the company’s decision, following the council’s own decision to become a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage is published annually and is current £7.65 per hour.

Mr Marland said: “One of the main ideas Milton Keynes was built on was access to a good job that pays well. The Living Wage is good for workers and good for employers, and adding a transport company such as National Express to the growing number of employers that pay the Living Wage is a great step forward with our pledge to make Milton Keynes a Living Wage Borough.”

Dean Finch, group chief executive of National Express, said: “Our staff do a great job helping hundreds of thousands of people get to work and school and to see their family and friends every day.

“We are always looking at what more we can do to recognise this hard work and committing to become a Living Wage employer in the UK testifies to our determination to be the best possible employer.”