Analysis from the University indicates those who will be most affected by the changes.The estimated five-year cost of implementing the Oxford Living Wage for University staff is £5.5 million. “The cost of living in Oxford is one of the highest outside London, but wages in the lowest paid jobs often do not reflect this. We think that the Oxford Living Wage is a good way for employers to show they recognise the financial pressures for their staff, demonstrate the value they place on their employees, and support a more inclusive economy for Oxford.” Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of the City Council, said: “I am delighted that the University of Oxford has signed up to pay the Oxford Living Wage. This is a huge commitment from one of the city’s biggest and best known employers, and will have a positive impact on hundreds of people they employ. A statement from the University read “As part of its strategic plan, the University is committed to creating an environment that is supportive of wellbeing while ensuring Oxford remains an attractive place to work. The University today announced that they have committed to paying the Oxford Living Wage, which will see a pay rise for nearly 2,000 employees, at a cost of around £5.5million over five years. “Professor Anne Trefethen, Pro-Vice Chancellor for People and Gardens, Libraries and Museums, said “There are many wonderful things about Oxford that make it an attractive place. However, it is known as being a city that is expensive to live and work in. “Apprentices, who were included when the University moved onto the Living Wage Foundation’s Real Living Wage, will be included once again. The University will initiate discussions with suppliers regarding a move to Oxford Living Wage where practicable. This does not include colleges, who employ workers separately. St Cross College and Campion Hall already pay the Oxford Living Wage. A number of colleges currently pay the Living Wage Foundation’s Real Living Wage, which is currently £9.30 an hour across the UK, and £10.75 in London. “Recognising this, I am very happy that the University Council has approved the introduction of the Oxford Living Wage for University staff, demonstrating our commitment to fair pay for our employees.” Wages will increase to £10.21 minimum hourly pay from 1st August 2020 onwards, when the commitment to paying the Living Wage will be implemented. The Oxford Living Wage is 95% of the Living Wage Foundation’s London Living Wage. The University is the largest employer in the city, and this represents a significant success for the council’s efforts to get employers to pledge to pay the Living Wage. “We recognise some businesses and organisations will have concerns about increasing the monthly payroll, but the University has demonstrated that even employers with significant numbers of people on the lowest rate can make that commitment. We hope that other employers will follow the example of the University.” The jobs that will benefit most are: Office/clerical Support (19.6%), Library Assistants, (17.6%), Security Staff (9.0%), Invigilator (7.9%), Technician (7.5%), Secretary/ Personal Assistant (7.3%), and Retail (5.2%). “Employees in a wide range of jobs are set to benefit from the new rate of pay, with office/clerical support staff, library assistants, museums’ staff, security staff, invigilators, technicians, secretarial and personal assistants and retail workers just some of the roles most affected. These are all voluntary rates: the two government rates that employers must legally pay are the National Living Wage, which is £8.21 an hour for over 25s, and the Minimum Wage, which is £7.70 for those over 21 and under 25. The implementation of Oxford Living Wage will affect 2000 employees. This represents 8.2% of University employees and 6% of casuals. Analysis indicates that a greater proportion of women (55%) than men (45%) will benefit from this move by the University.
Ex-Black Stars midfielder, Derek Boateng has revealed that some of the Black Stars players use black magic, also known as ‘juju’ to help them play football.Ghana football has been plagued with the thought that using ‘juju’ aids in the winning of games and enhances performance.Last season, fans were left bemused after Aduana Stars and Asante Kotoko completed the first 45 minutes of their Ghana Premier League encounter with 10 players each, with each team refusing to send in the 11th player first for fear of losing the game.Despite not receiving any red cards, both sides decided to start the game with their 11th – and final – players sitting on the touchlines.Many reports have indicated that some Black Stars players use ‘juju’, a claim Boateng has now confirmed to be true.“Yes, I had teammates who used juju to play. I have seen a lot of things and they are really bad. Sometimes some of the Black Stars players you cannot even go to their rooms because of the kind of smell that is there. I believe every player has what they believe in which will help them play very well”.According to the 37-year-old, some of the players used the ‘juju’ to cause the downfall of some of the team members so they get into the starting lineup.“An example is the AFCON 2013 tournament in South Africa. After the tournament, a lot of things went bad for us, we couldn’t meet our target. So after everything, we had a meeting with the coach and everyone aired their views but I was silent because I knew the kind of things (black magic) some of the players were doing.So I sat down and said nothing because it wasn’t going to change anything. At this point, Asamoah Gyan noticed it and asked why I was not saying anything and I told him the players have already said everything so there was nothing to add but the coach also insisted I say something since I was part of the senior players in the squad.This was prior to our game against Mali in the 3rd and 4th placement game. So I stood up and addressed the team saying we are all here to defend Ghana, whoever that is here should do anything within their reach to make the team win the game but don’t do anything to destroy any player so you can get to be in the starting lineup.So if you know you can pray for Ghana, do so, if you know you can eat an orange in order to secure a win, do it but don’t do something against your brother so you have the chance to play,” he said on Joy FM.Derek added that he is a Christian and as such he has his personal routine before the start of every game.“When we go to the dressing room, I have my bible with me, I have shirts that have the inscription of Jesus under my jersey, I recite Psalm 23 thrice then I go on my knees and pray before we go to the field. I also pray when I get to the pitch.This is because it is what I believe in. others also believe in something else. I am not complaining, they can do whatever they want and I cannot change anyone. And all this is geared towards defending the country. So when you talk about ‘juju’, yes some of my colleagues do things”.Background of Derek BoatengThe former Black Stars midfielder made over 40 appearances for the national team and scored just a goal.He has played for several clubs including Panathinaikos in Greece and Getafe in Spain among other clubs.