Living wage

Miller Argent sign up to the Living Wage

We are delighted to announce that we have made the commitment to pay our staff the Living Wage. We were joined by Dai Havard, Member of Parliament for Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney at our Cwmbargoed Disposal Point for a special presentation by the Living Wage Foundation.

The commitment means that all staff and contractors working on Miller Argent sites will receive at least the recommended Living Wage of £7.85 an hour – significantly higher than the current national minimum wage of £6.50. We already have a total workforce of over 230 people at its Ffos-y-fran site in Merthyr, and if plans for a new surface mine at Nant Llesg are approved later in the year, that number will grow still further.

The Living Wage is a minimum hourly rate set by the independent Living Wage Foundation and is based on the amount it calculates is needed to cover basic living costs. It is seen by many as a fairer reflection of the real cost of living and to date just over 30 companies in Wales have committed to pay at least the Living Wage.

Mr Havard was the first to congratulate the company on its move: “Miller Argent’s initiative to support and promote the Living Wage, in concert with its Unite representatives, says much about them as corporate citizens. Promoting the Living Wage in all private sector employments locally not only promotes the fairness of the policy but also promotes a business efficiency agenda; to raise standards of pay, training, retention and good employment practices.”

Managing director, Neil Brown, said: “We are dedicated to providing high quality local jobs for local people and see our Living Wage accreditation as reinforcing our commitment to being a responsible employer. Currently over 80 per cent of our employees live within ten miles of our Ffos-y-fran site, and if our scheme for Nant Llesg is given the go ahead by Caerphilly County Borough Council later this year, we expect to see our current trend of providing high value jobs for local people continue.”