Praise for Gers’ liv­ing wage vow

But MSP hits back at Celts crit­i­cism

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen MSP James Kelly has praised Rangers af­ter the club com­mit­ted to pay­ing staff the liv­ing wage.

The Labour mem­ber was speak­ing the week af­ter his calls for Celtic to be­come an ac­cred­ited liv­ing wage em­ployer were dis­missed by the Park­head club.

Rangers chair­man Dave King re­vealed at the club’s AGM last Fri­day that all staff would be paid a min­i­mum of at least £8.25 an hour.

In do­ing so they be­come the sec­ond Scot­tish club to make the com­mit­ment, af­ter Hearts.

Mr Kelly, who is a Celtic sup­porter, had pub­licly chal­lenged the Park­head club to com­mit be­fore their AGM on Novem­ber 20, some­thing that prompted crit­i­cism from the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons.

He said this week: “I wel­come the an­nounce­ment by Rangers that they will adopt the liv­ing wage and pay it to all their employees.

“This is a sig­nif­i­cant move which I know will be wel­comed by supporters of all clubs.

“Foot­ball clubs have an im­por­tant role to play in tak­ing a lead and en­sur­ing that work­ers are paid a fair days’ pay for a fair days’ work.

“This in­creases the pres­sure on Celtic and I am call­ing on the Celtic board to re­con­sider their po­si­tion and pay all their staff a liv­ing wage.”

Celtic re­sponded to Mr Kelly’s pre­vi­ous state­ments by ac­cus­ing him of us­ing the club “for his own po­lit­i­cal pur­poses.” They say club staff over­whelm­ingly backed the cur­rent wage struc­ture.

But he hit back, say­ing: “Celtic’s po­si­tion that I should not com­ment on th­ese mat­ters as I do not know the in­ter­nal work­ings of the club is laugh­able.

“I have fol­lowed foot­ball since I was a kid and at­tended hun­dreds of games all over the coun­try in­clud­ing many at Park­head. I think that more than qual­i­fies me to say that peo­ple who work at Celtic, whether on the turn­stiles or in the club shop, are

Crit­i­cism Celtic chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Lawwell is un­happy about crit­i­cism of the club’s stance on the liv­ing wage

Com­mit­ment Rangers chair­man Dave King, pic­tured at the club’s AGM, said they would pay the liv­ing wage

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