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MORAY MP WELCOMES SNP CONFERENCE MOTION ON EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK

23/10/2016  

Moray’s Member of the Westminster Parliament has welcomed the passing of an ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work’ motion, which makes clear the SNP’s support for younger workers under the age of 25 to be treated with equality and fairness.

The motion, which was put forward by the SNP Trade Union Group and which received the unanimous backing of the thousands of conference delegates, highlights the fact that workers aged 16-24 can do the same job as a worker over 25 and yet be paid 26 percent less for that work.

The motion also called for the National Living Wage to be set at the Living Wage rate calculated by the Living Wage foundation.

Angus Robertson MP said:

“I have long argued the case, alongside SNP colleagues, that the Living Wage, as set by the Living Wage Foundation, should be the lowest rate of pay for people and that the rate should be applied regardless of age.

“Paying workers under 25 over a quarter less in their pay packets for doing the same job as a colleague over 25 is totally unfair. People in that age bracket can have their own home, their own family and the same household bills and expense as anyone else. It defies logic to penalise them with pay lower than everyone else.

“First the Minimum Wage and now the so-called ‘National Living Wage’ have set rates of pay that do not cover the basic costs of living and that is not an acceptable situation for a modern, wealthy country to be in.

“In Scotland we have implemented the real Living Wage for public sector workers and we are pushing private sector employers to do the same, with some notable successes like SSE Hydro coming on board.

“A valued workforce is a productive workforce and we will continue to push the UK Government to implement the real Living Wage rather than the fake ‘National Living Wage’, which is no way the same thing.”

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