GMB Scotland Seeks Living Wage Of £7.65 Per Hour For Contractors Working In Local Government In Scotland
Time is right for the private sector contractors and the councils who have a contract with them to pay a living wage of £7.65 to all their employees says GMB.
GMB Scotland are seeking a living wage £7.65 per hour for workers in Amey Business Services, Mitie Facility Management and FES Management who deliver services such as catering and cleaning under contract in a number of councils across Scotland.
Amey Business Services has contracts with Clackmannanshire Council, Glasgow City Council, Renfrewshire Council and Dumfries & Galloway Council.
Mitie Facilities Management has contracts with Falkirk Council, North Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Council and East Ayrshire Council.
FES Facility Management has contracts with Stirling Council, Fife Council, Moray Council and Inverclyde Council
This focus on staff employed by contractors follows on from GMB securing a living wage for workers in all 32 councils in Scotland. All 32 councils have agreed to pay a living wage of £7.50 in 2013 and £7.65 in 2014. GMB now wish to see these hourly rates paid to workers employed by the private sector contractors who now deliver catering and cleaning services in council premises.
Alex McLuckie, GMB’s Senior Organiser, said “Now we have secured a living wage for GMB members in Local Government it is time to expand this to the private sector contractors’ employees and ensure all workers delivering catering and cleaning services in council schools are all paid the same rate for carrying out the same task.
During the late 90s through to the present day many council workers transferred to the private sector companies through Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Public Private Partnership (PPP) Schemes.
Since the transfer of staff from councils there has been in many instances a downward pressure on pay and conditions for this group of workers. Add to this new employees in many cases are taken on at the National Minimum Wage.
GMB believe the time is right for the private sector companies and the councils who have a contract with them start to pay a living wage to all their employees.
Indeed all of Scotland’s workers deserve and need a pay rise. Wage rises above inflation for public and private sector workers is only way we can have a recovery shared by all. Unless wages increase in real terms there is no way that families on low and middle incomes, saddled with very high mortgages, can pay higher interest payments and the other higher costs they face.”
Contact: Alex McLuckie 07885 348269 or 0141 332 8641. GMB Press Office 07921 289 880