More and more people locally are talking to me about the problems of low pay. That’s why I hosted a Living Wage public event in Hillhead Library recently where I was joined my Labour colleague, Glasgow City Council Leader, Gordon Matheson, and Richard Leonard from the GMB union. In November, Gordon Matheson announced that the Glasgow Living Wage would increase to £7.85 per hour from April 2015, a move which will benefit thousands of workers across the city.
I believe everyone deserves a fair days’ pay for a fair days work. Over recent months I have been surveying young people and urging local employers to consider joining the Living Wage scheme. I was delighted to hear that following my approach Partick Housing Association intends to join shortly. I am currently in discussion with a number of other local employers including the University of Glasgow and hope more will join over the coming weeks and months.