Motherwell and Wishaw MSP Clare Adamson has welcomed the new Scottish Living Wage rate of £8.45 an hour and encouraged more employers to sign up as Accredited Living Wage Employers.
The Scottish Living Wage, calculated to meet the cost of living, is reviewed every year based on living standards.
The rise of 20p per hour will benefit thousands of workers at Living Wage-accredited organisations across Scotland.
Living Wage-accredited companies in Motherwell and Wishaw include the Nationwide Building Society, Skills Development Scotland, Bilfinger Europa Facility Management Ltd, Professional Office Supplies Ltd, Specialist Building & Asbestos Services Limited and Santander UK.
Ms Adamson is herself an accredited Living Wage employer, and works with the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative to promote the Living Wage in Motherwell and Wishaw.
She said: “The new Living Wage of £8.45 will be a welcome pay rise for thousands of workers across Scotland and in Motherwell and Wishaw, ensuring that people’s basic wage continues to meet the real costs of living.
“I would encourage all businesses in our community to consider becoming Scottish Living Wage employers. For business, paying the Living Wage makes sense - it’s an investment in people and all the evidence shows it leads to increased productivity and reduced staff absence and turnover, while sending a strong signal to customers about fairness.
“With millions of workers worse off as a result of the UK Government’s welfare cuts, and low pay one of the main drivers of in-work poverty, employers can make a real difference by choosing to pay the real Living Wage.
“I encourage all businesses in my constituency to recognise the benefits of paying the real Living Wage.”