“Let’s make Perth Scotland’s first living wage city" - Wishart
Perth and North Perthshire MP, Pete Wishart has chaired a seminar aimed at encouraging Perthshire voluntary organisations to become accredited Living Wage employers. Mr Wishart is currently conducting a campaign to make Perth Scotland’s first Living Wage city. The event, which was held in the Perth and Kinross Association for Voluntary Service (PKAVS) Gallery on Friday 12th February 2016 and was aimed at supporting third and voluntary organisations to becoming accredited Living Wage employers.
The event was organised jointly with PKAVS and with co-operation from the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative and Scottish voluntary sector organisations, who are already accredited Living Wage employers.
Pete Wishart MP with Living Wage event participants[/caption]
Commenting after the event, Mr Wishart said:
“I was really pleased to host this seminar in order to help Perthshire Third Sector organisations understand the whole process behind Living Wage accreditation and encourage them to become Living Wage employers. Voluntary organisations have particular questions and concerns regarding the Living Wage and I hope that this event helped to answer these.
“Perth is already leading the way when it comes to the Living Wage with more accredited Living Wage employers than any other part of Scotland. We are also making steady progress to becoming recognised as Scotland’s first Living Wage city.
“Experience shows that the Living Wage increases productivity in the work place, reduces absenteeism and fosters a collective and collegiate environment in the work place. It is good for the work force and good for the local economy.
“This seminar was a unique opportunity for voluntary organisations to come together to discuss the Living Wage and to hear from those who have been through Living Wage accreditation already. Alongside the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative, I intend to provide support to those attending the seminar to see how many can make the progression to accreditation .”