SNP MSP Stuart McMillan today welcomed the new Scottish Living Wage rate of £8.45 an hour and encouraged more employers in Inverclyde to sign up as Accredited Living Wage Employers.
The Scottish Living Wage, calculated to meet the cost of living, is reviewed every year based on living standards.
The rise of 20 pence per hour will benefit thousands of workers at Living Wage-accredited organisations across Scotland, including many in Inverclyde.
Stuart McMillan MSP is also an accredited Living Wage employer, and works with the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative to promote the Living Wage in Inverclyde.
Speaking at the Living Wage Reception in the Scottish Parliament, Mr McMillan said:
“The new Living Wage of £8.45 will be a welcome pay rise for thousands of workers across Scotland and in Inverclyde, ensuring that people’s basic wage continues to meet the real costs of living.
“There are now 12 Living-Wage accredited employers in Inverclyde across various sectors including retail, care, transport, construction and charities. I would encourage all businesses in Inverclyde to consider becoming Scottish Living Wage employers.
“For Inverclyde businesses, 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 local 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.
“I encourage all businesses in Inverclyde to recognise the benefits of paying the real Living Wage.”