Monday, 26 November 2018 07:03


Hundreds of civilian staff are being paid less than the real Living Wage by the Ministry of Defence, it has been revealed. 

In figures revealed under Freedom of Information law, the MoD admitted that 223 civilian staff in Scotland were paid under £8.75 per hour – the real Living Wage at the time – at the beginning of November.

The real Living Wage – which has since risen to £9 an hour – is independently calculated to meet the cost of living. 

The SNP has repeatedly called for powers over the minimum wage to be devolved to Scotland and for the minimum wage to be replaced by a real Living Wage.

81.6% of Scottish workers earn the Real Living Wage, the highest rate in the UK.

Commenting, SNP MSP Gordon Macdonald said:

“It’s a disgrace that hard-working staff are being ripped off by penny-pinching bosses at the MoD. 

“Everybody deserves a fair days pay that meets the cost of living. That’s why the SNP have been strong advocates for the real Living Wage, rather than the Tory’s rebranded minimum wage. 

“If the UK government were at all serious about tackling the cost of living, they’d start by paying their own staff the real Living Wage. 

“Their failure to do so shows exactly why powers over the minimum wage should be devolved to Scotland – to let us take the action the Tories refuse to.”

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