Local MP Russell Brown and MSP Elaine Murray have welcomed Labour’s promise to increase the national minimum wage to £8 an hour by the end of the next parliament.
A Labour Government would ensure that those doing a hard day’s work are rewarded for doing so.
The wage rise would see the lowest paid full time workers earn £3000 more a year.
Dumfries & Galloway MP Russell Brown said:
“With the cost of living crisis affecting hard working families across the country, particularly in Dumfries & Galloway, Labour’s pledge to increase the minimum wage will make a dramatic difference to people’s everyday lives. It is about time we ensured that work pays for everyday working people as low wages have been ignored for far too long by both the UK and Scottish Government.”
Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray added:
“I welcome the Labour Party’s plans to increase the minimum wage. This isn’t just a small rise in wages. The increase means an extra £240 in hard working people’s pockets at the end of each month, and £3000 extra a year. With average earnings in Dumfries & Galloway well below the Scottish and UK average, local people can no longer afford to be ignored. The clear, long term target will give local businesses time to plan and adapt their business models to boost productivity in order to support the higher wages.”