The Welsh nationalist party (sic) is going into the 2015 General Election with a pledge to push for the living wage to be rolled out across Wales.
But the Welsh Liberal Democrats obtained figures through Freedom of Information which show 1,852 people at Gwynedd council, 1,232 people at Conwy council and 902 people at Ceredigion council earn less than the living wage.
It also found that a total of 590 people across the three councils are employed on zero hour contracts.
Ceredigion announced on Tuesday that its minimum wage would rise to £7.19, while Gwynedd said it has removed two of its lowest pay points from the council’s pay structure.
Lib Dem Ceredigion MP (who may be under threat from Plaid) Mark Williams said:
“Plaid Cymru’s hypocrisy on the living wage is utterly astonishing. Plaid had the cheek to write to organisations lecturing them about the living wage, yet councils they themselves run fail to pay it.”Councillor Peredur Jenkins, Gwynedd council cabinet member for resources, said:
Gwynedd has significantly reduced its zero hours contracts over the last few years, and this will continue as more and more of the council’s care workers are offered fixed hours contracts.
And maybe think about not using the term Welsh Nationalists because that covers non Plaid Members as well and may lead readers to think you have a hostile agenda