Living Wage Accreditation02/11/16
DUNDEE City Council has become one of more than 600 officially recognised living wage employers in Scotland.
The local authority, along with other employers, was given the status at a special ceremony in City Chambers today (WEDNESDAY) by Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work.
Mr Brown said: “I applaud the city council and all other employers who have become Living Wage Accredited – making a long-term commitment to paying employees fairly.
“Scotland is leading the way in the UK, with 80% of workers in Scotland now earning at least the Living Wage and the new rate of £8.45 will be a welcome pay rise for thousands of Scottish workers, ensuring people’s basic wage continues to meet the real costs of living.
“The Scottish Government has long championed the payment of the Living Wage and we will continue to work with the Living Wage Foundation and the Poverty Alliance to encourage more businesses to recognise the benefits of paying it.”
Ken Guild leader of Dundee City Council, who was on hand to receive the recognition said: “Last year we began the process of investigating what it would take to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and now I am delighted to be here to accept the honour on behalf of the council.
“We were already ensuring that all council employees were paid the Living Wage but the other parts of it, such as extending the requirement to contractors and sub contractors who regularly deliver services on our behalf and the obligation to put plans in place to extend it into our procurement processes, could have had implications.
“Having checked that out it was clear that the benefits of paying the Living Wage far outweighed any downside and our application to become accredited by the Poverty Alliance was submitted and accepted.
“Establishing that every job in Dundee will pay at least the Living Wage on the principle of a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work was a key recommendation of the Dundee Fairness Commission and this is tangible evidence of the commission’s work starting to bear fruit.
“The council is backing efforts to make Dundee a living wage city and today’s recognition as part of Scottish Living Wage week celebrates employers who are helping us to achieve that goal.”
Guests at the event heard from companies, big and small, on the benefits of paying the Scottish Living Wage to their employees and organisations across the city not yet signed up were encouraged to help make Dundee a fairer place by ensuring that everyone who works in the city receives a fair wage.
A range of local partners who are Proud to Pay the Scottish Living Wage in Dundee attended the ceremony including Allison & Stiven Ltd, DP&L Travel, MacRoberts LLP, Thorntons Investment Management Ltd and Xplore Dundee.
Today’s event was organised jointly with the Poverty Alliance and the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative.
Paying the Living Wage is recognised as an important tool for reducing poverty because it provides a level of pay that adequately allows workers to provide for themselves and their families.
Workers who are paid a living wage can also boost the economy because it gives them more money to spend on goods and services.
The Living Wage is a UK-wide hourly rate set independently by the Poverty Alliance and updated annually. It is currently £8.45 per hour compared with a current UK minimum wage of £7.20 an hour.
The full list of those receiving accreditation :
- 20-20 Business Insight
- Abertay Students Association
- Allison & Stiven Ltd
- DP&L Travel
- Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce
- Dundee Blind & Partially Sighted Society
- Dundee Citizens Advice Bureau
- Dundee City Council
- Henson Projects Ltd
- MacRoberts LLP
- Scottish Social Services Council
- The James Hutton Institute
- Thorntons Investment Management Ltd
- Xplore Dundee.
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