Glenrothes is the First Town in UK recognised for Living Wage ambition
Published: Wednesday 28 Aug 2019 by Fife Council
Glenrothes Living Wage Town
Glenrothes is the first town in the UK to be awarded recognition by Living Wage Scotland for its plan to become a 'Living Wage' town. An Action Group of Glenrothes-based employers is launching the ‘Making Glenrothes a Living Wage Town’ action plan at the Enterprise Hub in Glenrothes today.
The action plan focuses on encouraging local employers to pay their employees the Living Wage, currently £9.00 per hour, and become accredited by Living Wage Scotland.
The Action Group includes Fife Council, Fife Voluntary Action and Fife College, representing some of the largest employers in the town, alongside Glenrothes businesses including Glenwood Hairdressing Salon and Landfall Scaffolding. Nearly 65 Fife employers have already committed to ensuring all their staff and subcontracted staff receive a real Living Wage which is higher than the government minimum of £8.21 per hour.
The Fairer Fife Commission recommended that Fife should become a Living Wage region and Fife Council as the largest Living Wage employer in Glenrothes is playing its part in pushing the initiative forward.
Councillor David Alexander, Co-Leader of Fife Council said: “Glenrothes is leading the way by becoming the first town in the UK to take this town-based approach to addressing the issue of low pay. Fife Council's aim is to create conditions in Fife where all residents have the capability to live good lives, make choices and reach their potential. As part of our strategy to create a Fairer Fife we recognise the value of joining the Living Wage accreditation scheme. I’m delighted to announce the launch of the ‘Making Glenrothes a Living Wage Town’ action plan and I encourage business owners and employers to find out more on the website our.fife.scot/fairerfife/livingwage/.”
Councillor David Ross, Co-Leader of Fife Council said: “We are putting fairness at the heart of everything we do by bringing together Fife’s communities, services and businesses to fight poverty and inequality. A key element in creating a Fairer Fife is encouraging employers to pay the Living Wage as a way of demonstrating their leadership and commitment to their community. We will be working together with our partner businesses and organisations on the Action Group to encourage and influence others to achieve Living Wage accreditation. This will not only to benefit employees but the whole community and if more businesses in the town can pay their staff the Living Wage we will build a strong reputation for being a great place to work and live.”
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