Praise for Gers’ living wage vow
But MSP hits back at Celts criticism
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