The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition)

Low pay sector recovery key for Greens

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The Scottish Greens have said they will work to improve conditions for staff in the hospitalit­y industry.

Co-leader Patrick Harvie said insecure work and low wages was “endemic” in the industry before the pandemic, adding that a green recovery from Covid-19 must also come with a “new deal” for workers.

The industry has spent most of the past year shuttered due to the pandemic, with April 26 earmarked as a possible reopening date for some hospitalit­y.

Ahead of unveiling the party’s policies on hospitalit­y, Mr Harvie said: “The hospitalit­y sector has had a grim year and supporting small independen­t hospitalit­y businesses should be seen as a strategic priority for economic recovery.

“But we can’t return to how things were. Even before Covid, hospitalit­y had an endemic problem of low pay and insecure conditions. A green recovery must come with a new deal for workers.

“Responsibl­e employers should welcome the work of Unite Hospitalit­y, who during the last year have helped organise the workforce in the face of challengin­g times.

“As we make our town centres safe and attractive places to be, with less traffic and pollution, as well as quality green spaces and public transport, we will need places to get together and socialise, to see the people we have missed over this last year. The Scottish Greens will work to ensure the people working in those places are valued.”

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