Lidl become first supermarket in Ireland to raise minimum wage in line with latest 'Living Wage'
Great stuff from Lidl.
Lidl Ireland have announced that they are the first supermarket in Ireland to commit to a minimum wage increase for all of their staff members.
All Lidl employees in Ireland will earn a €11.90 minimum hourly rate, so that it's in line with the latest national "Living Wage".
The change is said to effect 16% of Lidl employees, with the organisation claiming that everyone else who is employed by them is already at or above the Living Wage mark.
The company announced the news on their official Twitter page on Monday night.
We're pleased to be the first supermarket in Ireland to commit to a €11.90 minimum hourly rate for our employees, in line with the latest ‘Living Wage’! The change will benefit 16% of employees, while all other employees working in Lidl already earn in excess of the Living Wage. pic.twitter.com/9zgaejMFlw
— Lidl Ireland (@lidl_ireland) November 5, 2018
They also said that: "We were the first major nationwide employer to commit to paying the Living Wage in 2015, and are proud to match the latest rate recommended by the Living Wage Technical Group, effective from 1st March 2019."
This isn't the first instance in which Lidl have tried to set a particular trend.
Just over a month ago, Lidl Ireland announced that they would be removing black plastic from their fruit and veg range, with more products to follow.
Similarly to this pay increase, they were the first supermarket in Ireland to do so, and it is expected to result in the removal of over 65 tonnes of black plastic waste every year.