The other week I signed up to the Living Wage pledge at a lobby of Parliament organised by the Scottish Living Wage campaign, alongside the Scottish Trade Unions. The campaign was organised to push for a living wage to be implemented at the heart of procurement policy in Scotland.
At a time where so many households across Fife are facing a cost of living crisis it is important that we take all opportunities to ensure that work pays by having employers adhere to the living wage.
Sadly under the SNP Government the number of people earning a living wage has fallen by 5 per cent. Yet with the procurement bill going through Parliament we have an excellent opportunity to make sure that all public contracts are awarded to companies that provide a living wage.
I was delighted to sign up to that pledge today and I hope that the Government will join me in doing so.