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Glasgow City Council launches Living Wage scheme for its lowest paid staff

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Council employees in Glasgow are to be paid at least 7 an hour, giving the lowest paid staff an extra 1,100 a year, as part of a new Living Wage scheme for the city.

In addition the Glasgow City Council will put pressure on its suppliers to pay their staff a similar Living Wage and will develop a Glasgow Living Wage Employer Award to celebrate employers who pay staff this minimum and to encourage further take-up.

Launching the Living Wage, councillor Steven Purcell, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "Glasgow has made great strides in the past 10 years with 40,000 more Glaswegians in work and a city economy that generates more than £14 billion per annum. However, we know not all of our citizens share in this success.

"It is simply unacceptable that almost one in five of Glasgow's workers are paid less than £7 an hour and the Glasgow Living Wage has the potential to make a huge difference to thousands of families across the city."