2015 was our busiest Living Wage Week to date. We attended events across Scotland and supported the announcement of several newly accredited Living Wage Employers as well. Here's how the week went for us:
The week officially kicked off with the announcement of the new rate - £8.25 for the UK outside of London and £9.40 for London.
To welcome the new rate, and just as importantly to welcome our newest accredited Living Wage Employer, we spent the morning at the University of Glasgow with Principal Anton Muscatelli, Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham, Director of the Poverty Alliance, Peter Kelly, some of the members of our Leadership Group and a number of the staff who work at the University. It was a really nice start to the week; great to hear such a positive reaction to the new rate, and particularly nice to be able to welcome the University to the Living Wage community.
On Monday afternoon we were in Clydebank to announce the accreditation of W Munro (Rehab). An amazing organisation, a great event and a really good turn out.
Tuesday saw the Scottish Living Wage Campaign attend the STUC Women’s Conference fringe event on young people, the Living Wage and low pay and then in the evening it was off to Edinburgh for the Living Wage Week Reception hosted by the Scottish Government. The Reception was a really nice opportunity to meet up with some of our accredited Living Wage Employers and celebrate their commitment to the Living Wage and how far we've come since Living Wage Week last year. It was also the perfect time to announce the winners of the Living Wage Champion Awards - well done to Agripa and also to Neil Clapperton of J&A Mitchell!
On Wednesday the team divided forces to be in Inverness for the Libertie Project's Business Breakfast. The breakfast focused on how to increase the number of Living Wage employers in the Highland and also how the accredited Living Wage employers could support each other and develop a stronger network in the region. We are looking forward to spending more time in the Highlands and developing the Living Wage network.
...and in Edinburgh for a discussion between the staff at Young Scot and Annabelle Ewing MSP.
Wednesday also saw the announcement of Mackies as the latest accredited Living Wage Employer. As you can see, we had a bit of help announcing Mackies accreditation. Considering how many other events we had on, the assistance was most welcome. A big thanks to the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
Another busy day! We started in Stepps for the announcement that Scottish Water is now an accredited Living Wage Employer.
Then over to Troon to welcome the Herbary to the Living Wage community - one of the few accredited fashion retailers in the UK.
And finally back in Glasgow to take part in Money Advice Scotland's AGM and the formal presentation of their accreditation as a Living Wage Employer.
The last official day of Living Wage Week saw the SLWAI team attending a Living Wage Business Breakfast hosted by Daniel Johnson and visiting two of our favourite Living Wage employers - Studio One/Paper Tiger and Rabbies Tours. Finally, we finished the week in style, lunching with our new friends from Standard Life at the latest accredited employer and the only accredited Living Wage restaurant in Scotland - the Mussel & Steak Bar in Edinburgh.
For even more photos of our week, have a look at our Living Wage Week Flickr Album.