Rona: Living wage increases productivity and sends out message of fairness

EMPLOYERS in Kirkintilloch should pay their staff the Living Wage, the town’s MSP has said.

Rona Mackay backed calls for workers to be paid at least £8.45 during Living Wage Week.

The Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP insisted it is fairer and increases productivity.

The Scottish Living Wage, calculated to meet the cost of living, is reviewed every year based on living standards and has just risen by 20p per hour.

Ms Mackay said: “The new Living Wage of £8.45 will be a welcome pay rise for thousands of workers across Strathkelvin and Bearsden, ensuring that people’s basic wage continues to meet the real costs of living.

“I encourage all businesses in my constituency to consider becoming Scottish Living Wage employers. For business, paying the Living Wage makes sense — it’s an investment in people and all the evidence shows it leads to increased productivity and reduced staff absence and turnover, while sending a strong signal to customers about fairness.

“With millions of workers worse off as a result of the UK Government’s welfare cuts, and low pay one of the main drivers of in-work poverty, employers can make a real difference by choosing to pay the real Living Wage.”

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Notes to reporter:

Living Wage Week runs from Sunday October 30 to November 5. Visit www.livingwage.org.uk/living-wage-week for more information.

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Rona Mackay was elected in May 2016 with a 8,100 majority in Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

Prior to this, she was a journalist in national newspapers for more than 20 years, before becoming Parliamentary Assistant to Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson, with whom she worked for nine years before becoming elected.

 

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