Shona Robison, MSP for Dundee City East was invited by the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative to speak at their TSI Celebratory Breakfast in Dundee earlier today (Wednesday 8 November).
The Scottish Living Wage Week is an annual celebration and is used to announce the new Living Wage rate.
Speaking at the event, Shona Robison MSP said:
“The Living Wage campaign is absolutely crucial and it provides the basic income needed to ensure that everyone within our communities can afford to live and eat properly. There has been a lot of work that has gone into this by the Poverty Alliance, Scottish Government and the Living Wage Foundation, and I think this kind of co-operation and partnership drives forward change for the betterment of our workforce.
“Around 18 per cent of Scotland’s workforce earn less than the real Living Wage and two thirds of Scottish children living in poverty now live within a working household. Therefore, with low pay one of the main drivers of in-work poverty, it’s vital that employers who can pay the real Living Wage do so.
“That is why I urge all employers in my constituency, and throughout Scotland, to sign up to this pledge and to pay their staff the basic level needed to allow someone to live.”
Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance added:
“I’m delighted to be able to congratulate the three organisations that make up Dundee TSI on being accredited Living Wage employers.
"This is especially pleasing as research from the Living Wage Foundation finds that just over 26% of people working within the charity sector are paid less than the Living Wage. This compares unfavourably with all other sectors in the UK where 22% of the workforce are paid below Living Wage.
"By being accredited and showing leadership, we hope that more third sector organisations will follow Dundee TSI’s example and look to become accredited employers.”