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Scotland: Living wage 'is £7.15 an hour'
The Press Association

April 28, 2011
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Low wages remain a scourge for women and families, according to the Scottish Greens.

The party highlighted its Holyrood election pledge for a "living wage" of £7.15 per hour in public sector pay.

Central region candidate Kirsten Robb, who attended an International Workers Memorial Day in Coatbridge, said: "In recent years some progress has been made on the living wage, yet an estimated 700,000 employees in Scotland are still being paid less than the living wage, and low pay remains a particular scourge for women and families."

Her party wants to establish a unit to monitor the implementation of its wage policy and encourage "living wage agreements" in the private and voluntary sectors.

"It's significant, though hardly surprising, that the manifestos of the Tories and the Lib Dems are totally silent on the living wage," she added

"The unnecessary and savage cuts package being unleashed by the Westminster coalition has the potential to gut Scottish public services and to squeeze Scottish jobs and living standards, just as the Thatcher agenda did in the 1980s.

"By standing up for workers in Scotland, with a firm pledge to deliver a £7.15 per hour living wage, the Scottish Greens will use all of this country's devolved powers to withstand this ideological onslaught.

"Scotland doesn't want the cuts, and we don't need the Tories and Lib Dems' Westminster agenda replicated at Holyrood."

A £7.15 wage pledge also features in the Labour and SNP manifestos.