From the Unison website on Friday:
‘UNISON is today calling on the [UK] government to enable the NHS to pay the living wage and lift almost 80,000 health employees out of poverty. Ahead of the Living Wage Foundation’s living wage week, UNISON has published an analysis that reveals most workers on the lowest pay bands such as catering assistants, porters, cleaners and pharmacy assistants, in England are paid below the minimum recommended.’
Only Scotland and Wales pay the living wage to all NHS employees and Scotland was first to pay the living wage to all public-sector employees. Recent consultation on taxation suggests that this group will also be protected from any tax increases.
The Scottish Government’s commitment and steps to move Scotland toward a more equal ‘Scandinavian model’ society are good news for all of us. We know already that such societies have less crime, less mental health problems, less drug abuse, better general health, higher productivity and that middle and upper earners recognise these benefits improve their lives too. For more on this, see: