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SNP conference fringe event to showcase ‘Living Wage Nation’ efforts

Posted: 07/06/2018

SNP conference fringe event to showcase ‘Living Wage Nation’ efforts

SNP conference fringe event to showcase ‘Living Wage Nation’ efforts

A fringe event being held at SNP Spring Conference on Saturday 9th June will bring together campaigners with local authority leaders, the private sector and Keith Brown MSP (Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work) to map out how Scotland can build on successful recent efforts to increase the number of people receiving the real Living Wage.

The Scottish Government committed, in November 2017, to increasing the number of people receiving the Living Wage by 25,000 over the next 3 years, and to creating a ‘Living Wage Nation’. This commitment built on the progress made in Scotland in recent years, with an increase in accredited Living Wage employers from 20 in 2014 to the current figure of 1,200. Yet significant challenges lie ahead, and there remains 430,000 employees in Scotland earning less than the Living Wage – almost 20% of all employees aged 18 and over.

The event, hosted by the Poverty Alliance, will highlight the progress made and also reflect on the additional steps required to build a fair economy with the real Living Wage at its heart. With Keith Brown MSP (Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work) as one of the speakers, the event should also provide an insight into the future plans for the Scottish Government’s fair work agenda.

Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance, said:

“We all share the vision of an economy that works for everyone, and that means taking decisions that make real our society’s priorities and values. Ensuring that everyone receives at least the real Living Wage is one of the most important steps we can take to realising that vision.

Since we launched Living Wage Scotland, we have seen employers from all sectors adopt the Living Wage and do their bit to help make the economy fairer. But despite the progress that has been made, we know there is still much to be done if we are to create a Living Wage Nation. This event provides the opportunity to hear from local authorities, the private sector, Scottish Government and others about how we transform commitment into reality and ensure that decent work is available for all.”

ENDS

 

Notes to editors:

The event, ‘Building a Living Wage Nation,’ is being held 12.30pm – 1.30pm on Saturday 9th June in Room 2, First Floor, Block A, Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. Speakers will include:

  • Peter Kelly (Director, Poverty Alliance) - Chair
  • Keith Brown MSP (Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Job and Fair Work)
  • Rachel McEwen (Director of Sustainability, SSE)
  • Julie McGahan (Living Wage Programme Manager, Poverty Alliance)
  • Cllr John Alexander (Leader, Dundee City Council)

 

For more information, please contact Neil Cowan, Policy and Parliamentary Officer, on 0141 353 0440 or email neil.cowan@povertyalliance.org

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