Fife Council encourages employers to pay the Living Wage
Archived news: published on Monday 06 Nov 2017 by Fife Council
Living Wage Week
As Living Wage Week and Fife Business Week coincide, the Council is confirming its commitment to paying the Living Wage and encouraging local employers to follow suit.
Fife Council has been an accredited Living Wage Employer since September 2016.
Council Co-Leader, Cllr David Ross said: “We want to create a Fairer Fife and tackle poverty and inequality. As the Kingdom’s largest employer, we’re playing our part by paying our employees, including any regularly contracted staff, the Living Wage.
“As an accredited employer we will keep paying it, and track any increases in the Living Wage as we implement annual pay awards. We’re also working with our suppliers to establish if they already pay the living wage and, if not, to discuss how they may achieve it in the future."
Cllr. David Alexander, Co-Leader, continued: “We know local businesses face financial challenges, just as we do. But to create a fairer and more prosperous Fife for everyone, we must address low pay across all sectors, particularly as Universal Credit threatens to remove more money from our communities.
“Research shows paying the Living Wage benefits for employers as well as the employees, as they are able to attract, retain and motivate staff. And a workforce with more money in their pockets helps boost the local economy as people spend more locally too.
“Glenrothes is aiming to be the first town to gain Living Wage town status. At the heart of our Glenrothes approach; we’ll be working with the local business community to encourage and support their accreditation as Living Wage employers.”
The approach in Glenrothes will be reviewed in the spring of 2018 with the aim of rolling it out to all Fife businesses by the end of 2019.
Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance said: "With inflation rising and the budgets of families across Scotland being squeezed, paying the real Living Wage is more important than ever.
“We are delighted there are such strong ambitions to increase the number of accredited Living Wage employers in Fife, and we are keen to support local activity that will see even more workers receive a wage that is enough to afford a decent life."
Local businesses interested in becoming an accredited Living Wage employer, can contact the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.scottishlivingwage.org to enquire today. By joining the Living Wage employer scheme you will be at the forefront of a national endeavour to provide all workers with wages that can sustain their families and communities.