Living wage week support

SNP Leader supports living wage week:

Inverclyde Council’s SNP Leader Cllr Christopher McEleny has today urged employers across Inverclyde to become an accredited living wage employer.

On Monday 3rd November, the Living Wage rate for Scotland has been set at £7.85 per hour, an increase of 2.6% on the 2013 rate and 21% higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50 per hour; improving the take home pay of 1000s of low-paid workers across the country who are employed by over 1,000 Living Wage accredited organisations.

Commenting the SNP Leader and councillor for Gourock said:

” I have long been a supporter of the living wage. As a society we should strive to increase the wages to people who are paid the lowest so everyone can benefit from the wealthy nation we live in. ”

” The Living Wage affords people the opportunity to provide a better life for themselves and their families. ”

The local SNP leader is writing to employers in Inverclyde asking them to consider paying the living wage which he believes will benefit both employer and employee. He further added:

” An independent study examining the business benefits of implementing a Living Wage policy in London found that more than 80% of employers believe that the Living Wage had enhanced the quality of the work of their staff, while absenteeism had fallen by approximately 25%. ”

“Two thirds of employers reported a significant impact on recruitment and retention within their organisation. 70% of employers felt that the Living Wage had increased consumer awareness of their organisation’s commitment to be an ethical employer.”

” of course what we really need is the power in Scotland to set our own minimum wage so that people in Inverclyde can get a wage they can live off of. Until then though I will be highlighting the business sense of employers paying their staff a living wage. ”

Notes:

More info on the living wage can be found at:

http://www.livingwage.org.uk

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