Too many Aberdonians earning less than Living Wage - Macdonald
North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has spoken out after new figures from the Office of National Statistics revealed that 25,000 people in Aberdeen earn less than the living wage.
The Scottish Labour MSP highlighted the failure of the SNP Government in Edinburgh to back Labour plans to extend the living wage to more workers in low paid jobs like cleaning, caring and hospitality.
He also branded Tory plans to cut Tax Credits as the ‘new poll tax’ that would leave thousands of families in Scotland worse off.
Lewis Macdonald said :
“Too many people in Aberdeen still do not get a fair day's pay for a fair day's work, and incomes are only going to be hit harder when the Chancellor's plans to slash tax credits hit thousands of families across Aberdeen and the North East.
“Independent experts say these changes will leave the poorest families in Scotland more than £500 worse off.
“Aberdeen is still perceived as an area where it is easy to find a job, but the oil and gas crisis has had a major impact on employment in and around the city.
Unfortunately, the cost of living remains high in the North East, and workers on less than the living wage really struggle to make ends meet.
"These figures show how wrong it was for the SNP and the Tories to vote against Labour's plans to extend the real living wage to more low paid jobs like cleaners, carers and hospitality staff when we put forward amendments in the Scottish Parliament last year to make the living wage part of public sector contracts."