28 February 2020

On the 6th of January, Scottish Labour MSP Neil Findlay wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, raising concerns over the effect on staff salaries of the Scottish Government’s public pay policy for lower paid staff in the Culture and Tourism sector.

Neil Findlay raised explicit concerns over workers in the National Library for Scotland (NLS) and elsewhere in the Culture and Heritage sectors who did not receive the £750 underpin stipulated in the public pay policy for those earning under £25,000.

Responding, the Cabinet Secretary stated that the decision to implement the £750 underpin was one for the NLS to take and that, due to ‘significant financial pressures’, the NLS had decided not to implement the underpin.

The inability of the SNP government to fully enforce their public pay policy is leading to low paid workers losing out and raises serious concerns over the efficacy of the policy.

Commenting, Scottish Labour MSP Neil Findlay said :

“ All workers who are employed by organisations in the public sector deserve to be paid properly, especially those at the lower end of the scale.

“The SNP government’s public pay policy is not worth the paper it is written on if it cannot be implemented for every worker eligible.

“It is time for the SNP government to show it means business by shunning institutions who fail to pay their workers properly.”

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