The Living Wage should be paid to all

The living wage is a high priority as - if this is paid - then people get a fair wage for work. And so there should be no alternative to the living wage. There were various ways of achieving this. The example was given of Lidl who are a budget supermarket and yet paying their staff more. These employers should be celebrated as this is the way to encourage employers to see the benefits. This should be the initial approach: rather than forcing employers.

Why the contribution is important

This is important because people told stories of being employed but not being able to afford to go to work. The costs of getting to work could be more than what was earned at work. There are also other benefits to higher basic pay as it reduces sickness and work related stress and makes staff feel more valued.

by FairerScotlandAdmin2 on October 15, 2015 at 04:48PM

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  • Posted by FairerScotlandAdmin2 October 30, 2015 at 15:01

    Idea from Fairer Scotland Midlothian Planning Event:

    'A Citizen’s Income linked to living wage'
    (There is also discussion of this in the Welfare and Equalities Themes.)

    There needs to be a citizen’s income that everyone gets, as this will remove the stigma and alleviate some of the issues around affording things like childcare.

    It also provides choices for people as they are not forced into decisions due to financial pressure. This citizen’s income should be paid at the living wage as then people get a fair wage for work. There should be no alternative to the living wage.

    There were various suggestions of ways to achieve this. At a previous event, the example was given of Lidl, who are a budget supermarket and yet paying their staff more. These employers should be celebrated as this is the way to encourage employers to see the benefits.

    This should be the initial approach: rather than forcing employers. We cannot accept any longer that people are paid a minimum wage which is not enough to live on. How can we as a country accept this?

    People old stories of being employed but not being able to afford to go to work.

    This is important as the costs of getting to work could be more than what is earned at work. There are also other benefits to higher basic pay as it reduces sickness and work related stress and makes staff feel more valued.
  • Posted by FairerScotlandAdmin2 December 14, 2015 at 10:33

    Idea from Fairer Scotland Stornoway Planning Event:

    Living Wage should have no age restriction

    (This is also discussed in the Welfare and Children and Young People’s threads.)

    Participants thought this issue should be included on its own, rather than within the wider idea it had been raised within.

    People viewed the issue of the living wage being applicable to all as an issue of human dignity. They agreed that everyone should be entitled to the Living Wage, including those from age 16 and upwards, and apprentices.

    This is important because they felt that promoting this idea would encourage an ethos of change. They felt it would be important to treat people with dignity, seeing all people as human beings and pay them at least the Living Wage.
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