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Living Wage Call For Scottish College And University Staff

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Hundreds of staff at Scottish colleges and universities are not being paid a living wage, according to unions.

NUS Scotland and Unison said several institutions have staff earning what they described as "poverty pay". They want all staff paid at least £7.65 an hour.

Universities said they were committed to offering their employees an attractive employment package and wage.

The two unions made a series of Freedom of Information (FoI) requests.

The living wage, promoted by the Living Wage Foundation, is an informal benchmark based on the amount an individual needs to earn to cover the basic costs of living. It is distinct from the legally-binding minimum wage.

Across the UK, the TUC estimates the Treasury would save £3.3bn if all workers were paid a living wage. However, many employers argue they could not afford to pay all staff at that level.

Would you be able to afford to buy a house on a living wage?

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Would you be able to afford to buy a house on a living wage?

Yes, but not sure about keeping warm until dear Alex and Nicola free from the English yoke and we have no energy costs, just like it was before that wretched union.

(Tongue firmly in cheek; there is bound to be one who thinks otherwise).


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