Fife-based employers from private business, third sector and public sector organisations, gathered at an event held in Glenrothes on Thursday 7th November to network and learn about the benefits of becoming an accredited Living Wage employer.
The business breakfast seminar was hosted by Fife Voluntary Action, a member of the Fife Living Wage Action Group, and provided an opportunity for local companies to meet businesses that are already accredited Living Wage employers to find out first-hand about the advantages of signing-up to the scheme. The event, part of Fife Business Week, also provided an opportune time to celebrate the progress being made in Glenrothes in the week prior to the annual announcement of the new Living Wage rate for 2020/21.
Councillor Fiona Grant said: “Glenrothes is leading the way by becoming the first town in the UK to take this place-based approach to tackling the issue of low pay and in-work poverty. By Making Glenrothes a Living Wage Town we can create conditions where businesses prosper and residents can live good lives. The Action Group has been very effective in setting out the plan and motivating others to become involved. I’m delighted with the progress we have made to date and looking forward to more businesses and organisations signing-up in the next few months. I encourage all local business owners and employers to find out more and consider becoming accredited by visiting our website at our.fife.scot/livingwage/.”
Kenny Murphy, Chief Executive of Fife Voluntary Action, said: “ We are delighted to be partnering with Fife Council, Living Wage Scotland and the Fife Living Wage Action Group to host this event. I believe paying the real Living Wage is a value that most employers in our community share, but many are not aware of taking the next step to becoming accredited. Events like this give businesses the opportunity to meet others who are accredited, ask questions and hear about the benefits. The Action Group is encouraging all employers in the Glenrothes area to lead the way and pay the real Living Wage as a way of demonstrating their commitment to their community. ”