Renfrewshire Council

Living Wage Week - 2017

Celebrations for Living Wage Week

Renfrewshire organisations got together this week to celebrate Living Wage week on the day the new UK rate was announced.

Representatives from the Tannahill Centre in Paisley, Mirren Park School, Ferguslie Park Housing Association and Engage Renfrewshire joined Lynn Anderson of Living Wage Scotland and Councillor John McNaughtan of Renfrewshire Council at the Tannahill Centre during Living Wage week.

In its second year as part of a movement of over 3,500 employers who voluntarily opt-in to paying the real Living Wage, Renfrewshire Council has committed to the increase - independently calculated to meet the cost of living - which will be implemented within six months.

Results from a study among employers showed that paying the Living Wage reduced absenteeism, helped with recruitment and retention and improved customer service. It is an hourly rate calculated according to the basic cost of living and is set independently and updated annually. This year's Living Wage is now £8.75 per hour and the Council will continue to encourage other employers to join the campaign to make Renfrewshire a Living Wage Economy. 

Councillor John McNaughtan, Depute Convener of the Communities, Housing & Planning Policy Board said:

"Renfrewshire Council is proud to continue to be a Living Wage employer. We recognise that a fair day's pay is the right thing to do. Not only does it help our employees across Renfrewshire afford to live with dignity, it also helps our business by improving motivation, and retaining and attracting a quality workforce.

He added "Being an accredited Living Wage employer underlines our commitment to tackling poverty and supporting local regeneration. We want to build a positive, thriving future for Renfrewshire by helping to create quality jobs, support sustainable business growth and re-generate our economy.

"We hope we can send a positive message with our community partners to show what others can achieve. We work with our suppliers and contractors to ensure their employees, like Renfrewshire Council workers are paid the Living Wage. "

Jamie Mallan, Business Transformation Manager, at the Tannahill Centre said:

"Having adopted the Living Wage six months ago, the Tannahill Centre is proud to be joining a family of like-minded businesses in Renfrewshire.

"When we implemented the Living Wage, 75% of our workforce received a pay rise and we are proud to pay the new 2017/18 rate."

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Jamie Mallan, Business Transformation Manager, The Tannahill Centre, Councillor John McNaughtan, Depute Convener of the Communities, Housing & Planning Policy Board, Lynn Anderson, Accreditation Officer, Scottish Living Wage, Martyn Cosh, Managing Director, Mirren Park School, Karen McIntyre, Communities and Partnership Manager, Engage Renfrewshire.

 

Published 7 November, 2017

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