MSP wants to see McFair wages paid

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang MSP James Kelly has raised the is­sue of fair pay for work­ers tak­ing up po­si­tions at the new McDon­ald’s in Ruther­glen in the cham­ber of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.

The MSP has pre­vi­ously ar­gued against the com­pany’s use of zero hours con­tracts for work­ers.

The chief ex­ec­u­tive of the global burger giants re­cently de­fended its use of the con­tracts.

How­ever, Mr Kelly has said that the com­pany’s pol­icy is not good enough and in­sists that lo­cal work­ers de­serve bet­ter.

The new McDon­ald’s will bring 65 jobs to the lo­cal area.

Mr Kelly said: “I welcome the de­vel­op­ment that the res­tau­rant’s open­ing will cre­ate 65 jobs in the area.

“How­ever, I want to see McDon­ald’s in Ruther­glen pay­ing the liv­ing wage.

“Not only will that make a dif­fer­ence to the lo­cal staff but to McDon­ald’s it­self as a com­pany, en­sur­ing that peo­ple are mo­ti­vated to pro­vide a good- qual­ity ser­vice.”

Mr Kelly added: “There’s no deny­ing the ben­e­fits that the liv­ing wage brings to work­ers – I want to see lo­cal peo­ple in de­cently- paid work.

“Be­ing trapped in poverty pay with no guar­an­teed hours from day-to-day should not be the con­di­tions we see in 2015 Scot­land.”

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