Glenrothes is the first town in the UK to be awarded recognition by Living Wage Scotland for its plan to become a ‘Living Wage’ town.  An Action Group of Glenrothes based employers launched the ‘Making Glenrothes a Living Wage Town’ action plan at the Enterprise Hub in Glenrothes on Wednesday 28th August.

 

The action plan focuses on encouraging local employers to pay their employees the Living Wage, currently £9.00 per hour and become accredited by Living Wage Scotland.

 

The Action Group includes Fife Council, Fife Voluntary Action and Fife College alongside local business owners from Glenwood Salon and Landfall Scaffolding.

 

Over 64 Fife employers have already committed to ensuring all their staff and subcontracted staff receive a real Living Wage which is higher than the government minimum of £8.21 per hour.  Find out which employers are accredited here.

 

Employers are encouraged to become accredited to acknowledge the hard work of their staff and to help tackle in-work poverty in Fife.

 

Glenwood Salon owner, Brent Burnett who is part of the Living Wage Town Action Group said:

“The hard-economic conditions and austerity of the last 10 years have hit workers the hardest. Prices have gone up, but wages have stayed the same. I pay my staff the Living Wage because they deserve it and I want to treat them well. I appreciate the hard work and loyalty they give me in return and most have been with me for a long time.

I feel strongly about my local community, with both my customers and staff living locally I feel the business is firmly rooted here in Glenwood. By being accredited by Living Wage Scotland I not only benefit the staff, but the whole community. If I have happy staff I know I will have happy customers.”

 

Fife’s Business Charter commits to working towards Fife becoming a Living Wage region and this announcement is the first step to achieving that vision.  By paying staff a real Living Wage this will benefit individuals, the community and local businesses.

 

Gordon Slight Managing Director Landfall Scaffolding, who is part of the Living Wage Town Action Group said:

“We are a family business and have always believed that being fair to people means they will be fair in return. We place a massive emphasis on the quality of service our staff give to our customers so it’s important that their work is fairly rewarded. Living Wage accreditation demonstrates our commitment to values of fairness and helps us attract good young people to train within our business.”

 

The Fairer Fife Commission recommended that Fife should become a Living Wage region and Fife Council as the largest Living Wage employer in Glenrothes is playing its part in pushing the initiative forward.

 

Councillor David Alexander, Co-Leader of Fife Council said: “Glenrothes is leading the way by becoming the first town in the UK to take this town-based approach to addressing the issue of low payFife Council’s aim is to create conditions in Fife where all residents have the capability to live good lives, make choices and reach their potential. As part of our strategy to create a Fairer Fife we recognise the value of joining the Living Wage accreditation scheme.   I’m delighted to announce the launch of the ‘Making Glenrothes a Living Wage Town’ action plan and I encourage business owners and employers to find out more on the website our.fife.scot/fairerfife/livingwage/.”

 

Councillor David Ross, Co-Leader of Fife Council said: “We are putting fairness at the heart of everything we do by bringing together Fife’s communities, services and businesses to fight poverty and inequality. A key element in creating a Fairer Fife is encouraging employers to pay the Living Wage as a way of demonstrating their leadership and commitment to their community. We will be working together with our partner businesses and organisations on the Action Group to encourage and influence others to achieve Living Wage accreditation. This will not only to benefit employees but the whole community and if more businesses in the town can pay their staff the living-wage we will build a strong reputation for being a great place to work and live.”

 

The Action Plan sets out how the Action Group intends to triple the number of accredited employers based in Glenrothes in the first year, as well as encouraging large employers in the local area to demonstrate their commitment to the real Living Wage by becoming accredited.

 

Fife Council are also offering to subsidise the accreditation fee for local businesses who become accredited from September 2019 as part of the Making Living Wage Places scheme.  Find out more here.

 

To become an accredited Living Wage employer visit Living Wage Scotland direct or contact accreditation@povertyalliance.org.

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