John has lodged a motion in Holyrood (12th January) congratulating the Scalloway Hotel in Shetland on becoming the first Living Wage hotel in Scotland.
Welcoming the news of the official accreditation for the Scalloway Hotel by the Living Wage Foundation as an important step towards a more ethical hospitality industry, which is not typically known for paying well, John also wrote to the hotel’s owners to offer them his personal congratulations and thanks.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated on a yearly basis to reflect the basic cost of living in the UK. This currently stands at £8.25 – a significant increase upon the measly minimum wage of £6.70. A study conducted into the impact Living Wage has shown the benefits are considerable for employers and employees alike. Over 80% of Living Wage employers and 75% of employees reporting an increase in work quality as a result of the change.
Commenting John said:
“I am delighted that the owners of the Scalloway Hotel are leading the way in the hotel industry by becoming a Living Wage Employer. Making sure that employees can afford to live comfortably without fear that they will not be able to afford food, bills, rent and other essentials is a critical part of the fight end the scourge of poverty in Scotland.
“I am immensely proud to have become a Living Wage employer in October of last year and I know the many benefits that come from doing so. Paying decent wages is a smart decision for all employers; it improves the quality of work produced, improves staff recruitment and retention, not to mention the peace of mind that comes with knowing employees are being paid fairly.
“I’m thrilled that Scalloway Hotel have chosen to set such a wonderful example to employers across the country – in particular those in the hospitality industry – and I very much hope that others are quick to follow suit.”
John’s motion reads as follows
Motion S4M-15309: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 12/01/2016
Congratulating Scalloway Hotel on Becoming an Accredited Living Wage Employer
That the Parliament congratulates the Scalloway Hotel in Shetland on becoming an accredited living wage employer; understands that the hotel has become the first living wage hotel in Scotland; notes that living wage accreditation is incumbent on the employer paying a minimum of £8.25 per hour to their employees, higher than the UK Government’s so-called living wage of £7.20; believes that this move by the Scalloway Hotel is a positive step for the hospitality industry, and hopes that many more will follow its example.