Dr Richard Simpson MSP Welcomes Living Wage Increase

Dr Richard Simpson MSP has welcomed the increase of the living wage for public workers in Mid Scotland and Fife and across Scotland, but has demanded that the Scottish Government close the low pay loophole so that it can be extended to more workers.

The living wage is now set at £7.65 and hour, which represents to a full time minimum wage worker in Mid Scotland and Fife an increase of over £2,500 a year.

Dr Richard Simpson MSP has also signed a motion in Holyrood supporting the living wage, and is calling upon the Scottish Government to deliver it for workers on public contracts in Mid Scotland and Fife.

Currently, people employed by Scottish Government departments are paid the living wage; however jobs employed by the Scottish Government on sub-contracts, such as cleaning, catering and retail, can be paid at a lower rate.

Dr Richard Simpson MSP has stated this loophole is “morally wrong”, and undermines the cause of the living wage in the public sector, and has criticised the SNP for not extending the living wage to workers in Mid Scotland and Fife but offering a £385m tax cut to big businesses.

Dr Richard Simpson MSP has demanded an urgent review of sub-contracted jobs from the Scottish Government.

Dr Richard Simpson MSP welcoming the increase said:

“This is good news for many families in work who are still in the cost of living crisis. But the SNP government should extend a living wage to all its subcontractors and agencies. Why is Scotland on pause? They can make a fairer society now not wait for independence.”

“Better wages are good for workers, communities and the economy here in Mid Scotland and Fife and the Scottish Government should join myself and colleagues in Scottish Labour in fighting to deliver it for more workers.

 

ENDS

Notes

  1. Corporation tax cut would be worth £385 m a year http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0038/00388940.pdf
  2. Motion on Living Wage Increase

Title:♦ The Living Wage Uprated to £7.65 from 1 April
Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the uprating of the living wage for many public sector workers across Scotland; notes that, from 1 April 2014, it will increase from £7.45 per hour to £7.65; understands that the delivery of the living wage would bring a pay boost of over £2,500 to full-time workers in Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Blantyre and across Scotland who currently receive the minimum wage; considers that this would make a huge difference to hardworking people in the face of a rising cost of living; believes that there is support for the living wage from across civic Scotland and among the political parties, and considers that the effective promotion of the living wage is essential in building a moral economy for Scotland.

  1. Minimum Wage        £6.31  37.5    52        £12,304.50

Living Wage              £7.65  37.5    52        £14,917.50