Col­lege work­ers get liv­ing wage

The Oban Times - - News -

EM­PLOY­EES of West High­land col­lege UHI are to be paid a ‘liv­ing wage’.

The de­ci­sion by the col­lege’s board of man­age­ment will see around eight per cent of the 150-strong work­force re­ceive a pay rise to the liv­ing wage of £7.85 an hour.

Ly­dia Rohmer, prin­ci­pal and chief ex­ec­u­tive of West High­land col­lege, said: ‘De­spite the very dif­fi­cult eco­nomic times we face, we want to act fairly and re­spon­si­bly to en­sure no mem­ber of staff earns less than the liv­ing wage, as an­nu­ally set by the Liv­ing Wage Foun­da­tion.

‘ We be­lieve this is the right thing to do as one of the larger em­ploy­ers in the West High­lands to en­sure that we are con­tribut­ing to cre­at­ing a fair and equal so­ci­ety.’

First time vot­ers urged to register

A CAM­PAIGN to en­cour­age all first-time vot­ers to register has been launched.

High­land coun­cil is re­mind­ing any­one who will be 16 or 17 be­fore the Scot­tish par­lia­ment elec­tions in May 2016 that they are now el­i­gi­ble to vote fol­low­ing a change in leg­is­la­tion.

Bill Gillies, elec­toral reg­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer for High­land and Western Isles, said: ‘Not ev­ery­one may know about this change which is why we are work­ing with the elec­toral com­mis­sion to raise aware­ness and to en­cour­age reg­is­tra­tion. It’s im­por­tant those who will be 16 or 17 by next May don’t miss out on hav­ing their say be­cause they didn’t know they could register or be­cause they don’t know how to register.’

Vot­ers can register online at

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