A pay rise for staff at discount supermarket chain, Lidl, will not apply to the company’s workers in Derry or throughout the North.
Next month the German based company will start to pay its staff in England, Scotland and Wales the minimum wage as recommended by the Living Wage Foundation. However, the pay increase will not be implemented in the North.
When the wage increase is implemented staff in England, Scotland and Wales will be paid a minimum of £8.20 per hour and £9.35 an hour in London.
In a statement to the ‘Journal’, Lidl said they already offer “attractive wages” in the North and added that they will “monitor all discussions” concerning the living wage here.
“Lidl NI, which operates independently of Lidl GB, currently offers attractive wages for all staff members. These wages are reviewed annually and as such in August 2015 Lidl NI increased the hourly wage paid to staff, to ensure they were in line with the proposed living wage for Northern Ireland,” a spokesperson said.
“Lidl is proud to have an exceptional team who are instrumental in driving the success of the company, and we acknowledge their valued contribution by paying wages which are amongst the best in the sector. Store Assistants working in Lidl NI earn up to £8.60 per hour.
“Lidl NI continues to monitor all discussions and proposals in relation to the living wage in Northern Ireland and will review and update accordingly when required,” the spokesperson added.