We held a number of different events across Scotland to celebrate Living Wage Week 2014:
Monday 3rd November
9.30am - New Living Wage Rate Announced
Mr John Swinney Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth in the Scottish Government formally announced the new Living Wage rate.
Venue: SSE, 200 Dunkeld Rd, Perth PH1 3GH
Tuesday 4th November
The Scottish Living Wage Campaign delivered a session to a Higher Modern Studies pupils at Morrisons Academy in Crieff. The session covered low pay in Scotland and in-work poverty as well as the Living Wage.
Venue: Morrison's Academy, Crieff
Wednesday 5th November
Standard Life hosted a business breakfast (8.30-10am) on the Living Wage.
Angela Constance, MSP
Johann Lamont, MSP
Graeme McEwan, Standard Life
Satwat Rehman, One Parent Families Scotland
The above panel discussed the benefits and potential challenges in their journeys to become Living Wage employers.
Venue: Standard Life House, 30 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2DH
Thursday 6th November
Dundee City Council and Dundee Chamber of Commerce held a business breakfast (8.30-10am) on the Living Wage.
Rachel McEwen, Director of Sustainability, SSE
Neil Harkin, Deputy Director, 2020 Business Insight
Julie McGahan, Living Wage Programme Manager, The Poverty Alliance
This event discussed the Living Wage in the context of Dundee, from the perspective of both small and larger businesses.
Venue: Michelin Social Club, Baldovie House, Drumgeith Rd, Dundee DD4 8UZ
Thursday 6th November
Living Wage Week Link-up: Canada/ Scotland/ New Zealand
8pm - Hamilton, Scotland: Stephen Smellie, UNISION with Sarah Wiktorski and Julie McGahan from The Poverty Alliance
8am- Hamilton, New Zealand: Rose Black and Anna Cox, Anglican Action and Annie Newman and Lyndy McIntyre from Living Wage New Zealand
3pm- Hamilton, Ontario, Canada: Tom Cooper, Judy Travis and Deirdre Pike, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction and Donna Jean Forrester Gill from Living Wage Canada (Vibrant Communities Canada).
Saturday 8th November
"Where next for the Living Wage?"
Organised by Jayne Baxter MSP with support from Unite the Union.
Speakers were: - Jayne Baxter MSP, a local employer, a Unite the Union representative and Julie McGahan, Living Wage Programme Manager (Scotland).
Venue: The Lomond Centre, Woodside Way, Glenrothes, Fife, KY7 5RA