Monday, 31 December 2018 07:08


SNP MP David Linden has called on businesses to pledge a New Year's resolution to introduce a Real Living Wage for workers.

The SNP MP has previously pushed for the UK government to raise its National Living Wage to the level of the Real Living Wage, as set by the Living Wage Foundation, and extend it to all workers over 18. He is now calling on businesses across Scotland to give their employees a real living wage, which would see workers earn more than £10 an hour by 2022 and an annual pay boost of almost £5,000.

David Linden MP also called on businesses to end the ‘age discrimination’ of minimum wage rates, in which young people can be paid almost £4 less than over-25s for doing exactly the same job. Under current UK Government legislation, workers over the age of 25 are entitled to a National Living Wage of at least £7.83 an hour but those aged 21-24 are entitled to just £7.38 an hour, those aged 18 to 20 £5.90 an hour, those under-18 just £4.20 an hour, and apprentices receive just £3.70 an hour.

Although the powers to set the minimum wage remain reserved to Westminster, the SNP Scottish Government has taken steps to ensure that over 1000 employers now pay a Real Living Wage in Scotland. 81.6% of Scottish workers earn the Real Living Wage, the highest rate in the UK.

Commenting, David Linden MP said:

“The Tory government at Westminster is failing people across the UK - especially young people under 25 - with their refusal to introduce a real Living Wage, which would see the lowest paid gain a £5,000 annual pay boost.

“This year, businesses across Scotland can make a New Year's resolution that can really make a difference to their employees' pockets, by paying their employees the real Living Wage as set by the Living Wage Foundation.  

“Millions of families across the UK have suffered from falling wages and squeezed incomes under the past decade of Tory austerity – the Chancellor dodged his chance to reform the UK Government’s National Living Wage but businesses themselves can ensure a fair and equal wage for all workers. 

“It is completely unacceptable that young workers are being discriminated against because of their age, with no account being taken of their needs, responsibilities and living costs. This New Year, employers should make a resolution to invest in their workforce and deliver for employees.”

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