EMPLOYERS in Clydebank and Milngavie should pay their staff the Living Wage, the towns’ MSP has said.
Gil Paterson backed calls for workers to be paid at least £8.45 during Living Wage Week.
The SNP MSP insisted it is fairer and increases productivity and reduces in-work poverty.
The Scottish Living Wage, calculated to meet the cost of living, is reviewed every year based on living standards and has just risen by 20p per hour.
Mr Paterson said: “Workers across Clydebank and Milngavie will welcome this increased living wage, to ensure their basic cost of living is met.
“I hope businesses in my constituency will seriously consider paying the Scottish Living Wage — it’s a no brainer, because it increases productivity and reduces staff absences and turnover, while also sending out a strong message to the customer about fairness.
“Low paid work is a source of poverty, with in-work poverty being a huge problem across Clydebank and Milngavie. Employers can make a huge difference by choosing to pay the real living wage.”
Living Wage Week runs from Sunday October 30 to November 5. Visit www.livingwage.org.uk/living-wage-week for more information.