Scotland is leading by example on fair pay, with the highest proportion of employees paid the real Living Wage of any UK nation.
The SNP Scottish Government was the first in the UK to pay the real Living Wage to all staff and are working to increase the number of businesses that pay it too.
Last month Nicola Sturgeon announced that, in future, the real Living Wage would be a criteria for the award of job-related public sector grants.
Nicola Sturgeon tells Amazon to ditch slave wages or lose millions in handouts
— David Clegg (@davieclegg) September 16, 2018
Scotland’s ambition to be a Fair Work Nation quickly got the attention of progressive US Senator, Bernie Sanders.
If Scotland can demand that Amazon get off corporate welfare and pay its workers a living wage, then so can the US. Now is the time for people to come together around the world to take on the greed of the oligarchs. https://t.co/Cku4JWPBHx
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) September 21, 2018
If Scotland can demand that Amazon get off corporate welfare and pay its workers a living wage, then so can the United States. pic.twitter.com/5WLeiyfmF7
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) October 1, 2018
Now Amazon have announced that they’ll raise wages in both the USA and UK. We’re proud that Scotland played a role in the movement of workers, trade unions and campaigners across the world that have made this happen.
Amazon raises minimum wage for US and UK employees https://t.co/XaX756W1x4
— The Guardian (@guardian) October 2, 2018
Lots of pressure has been applied here by @Scotgov, trade unions and others, so this is a very welcome move. Of course, still lots to do to ensure fair work right across the economy. https://t.co/bB7NVxwxGl
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) October 2, 2018
— Elizabeth Lloyd (@eliz_lloyd) October 2, 2018
At Westminster, where powers over Minimum Wage law lie, we’ll keep fighting for a real Living Wage for all workers aged over 18.
— David Linden MP (@DavidLinden) November 1, 2017