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Eddie Follan, Policy Officer for the Poverty Alliance Living Wage Campaign, and Jen McCarey, from Unison, talk about why it is necessary to implement a Living Wage....

Eddie Follan, Policy Officer for the Poverty Alliance Living Wage Campaign, and Jen McCarey, from Unison, talk about why it is necessary to implement a Living Wage.
Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary of the Scottish Trade Unions Congress, talks about how the Scottish economy works.

The Whose Economy? seminars, organised by Oxfam Scotland and the University of the West of Scotland, brought together experts to look at recent changes in the Scottish economy and their impact on Scotland's most vulnerable communities.

Held over winter and spring 2010-11 in Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow and Stirling, the series posed the question of what economy is being created in Scotland and, specifically, for whom?

To find out more and view other Whose Economy? papers, presentations and videos visit:
http://www.oxfamblogs.org/ukpovertypost/whose-economy-seminar-series-winter-2010-spring-2011/

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Why we need a Living Wage - Jennifer McCarey and Eddie Follan Why we need a Living Wage - Jennifer McCarey and Eddie Follan Presentation Transcript

  • Why we need a Living WageJennifer McCarey and Eddie Follan Scottish Living Wage Campaign
  • The Scottish Living Wage• Currently £7.15 and due to be uprated later in the year• Based on the JRF Minimum Income Standard (MIS).• Scottish Living Wage Campaign made up of trade unions, NGOs and faith groups
  • The Need for a Living Wage :Low Pay in Scotland• 370,000 workers paid less than £7.00 per hour• Between 05/06 and 07/08 half of adults and children living in families with low incomes in working rather than workless households.• Women are the worst affected: 43% earning less than £7.00 were women in part time work• Women make up half of full time workers on low pay• Young men working full time are more likely to be in a low paid job than young full time women workers although this is reversed as men and women age.
  • The Need for a Living Wage: Low Pay by Industry• 51,000 jobs in the food beverage and accommodation sector pay an annual wage of less than £12,000• 82,000 jobs in the retail sector pay less than £6.28• 92,00 jobs in administrative and support services pay below the living wage• Until recently around 20% of directly employed staff working in the public sector were paid less than the living wage
  • The Need for a Living Wage: Impact of low pay• The lack of a living wage for hundreds of thousands of Scottish Workers locks them in to poverty.The lack of a living wage is bad for:• Workers• Employers,• Communities• The Economy
  • The Need for a Living Wage :The Moral Case• Successive governments have emphasised work as a route out of poverty• Living Costs are increasing and those at the bottom are hit the hardest• Welfare reforms are set to tighten the conditions on claiming benefits. Is work paying less than a living wage the only option?• There is a moral imperative on employers not to pay workers a wage that effectively keeps them in poverty
  • The Need for a Living Wage: Where are we now?• High level political Support• Increasing numbers of public bodies becoming living wage employers: Scottish Government, local authorities, the NHS• Little movement in the private sector• Local living wage campaigns appearing
  • The Need for a Living Wage: What Next?• Living Wage as a National Policy• A Living Wage Unit• Living wage a key part of public sector procurement• Increasing pressure on the private and voluntary sectors
  • To view all the papers in the Whose Economy series click hereTo view all the videos and presentations from the seminars click here