The living wage should be more actively promoted says Maryhill & Springburn MSP Patricia Ferguson after figures showed that 90% of Scots think that companies should pay the living wage.
There are more than 50,000 people in Glasgow paid less than the living wage, currently set at £7.65 an hour. It would mean an annual raise of £2,600 to a full time minimum wage worker.
Patricia Ferguson MSP is a long time campaigner for the living wage and says the time has now come to actively promote the payment of it in the private sector, and has urged the Scottish Government to back a tax rebate for firms who pay it, as well as establish a National Living Wage Strategy.
Last week proposals from Scottish Labour to deliver the living wage to workers on public contracts were defeated as the SNP and Conservatives voted to block amendments to the Procurement Reform Bill.