Firms ‘have moral duty’ to pay the real living wage
THE new Deputy Leader of the SNP has said there is a moral and economic case for employers paying the living wage.
Keith Brown, speaking at a Poverty Alliance fringe meeting at the SNP Conference in Aberdeen, said how people are treated at work is important.
He said the more employers are encouraged to pay the living wage of £8.75 per hour then others will have to follow suit.
Keith Brown said: “It becomes less credible for employers to say it puts them at a disadvantage if everyone else is paying it too.
“There is a straightforward moral case but also an economic case. The money will be paid and it will be spend on living costs in shops and on services.”
He did not, however, give his backing to calls to increase child benefit by £5 a week.
Mr Brown said: “There is a view as to whether that is the most effective way of spending the money.”
He did encourage campaigners to talk to Social Security minister Jeane Freeman.
Campaigners said that they want to target the hospitality industry to encourage more hotels to pay the rate.