Terri Miller MSYP and Jahura Hussain MSYP are the first MSYPs to secure backing from local Councillors for One Fair Wage. The duo directly contacted their local Councillors to ask them to pledge their support to the campaign. Within a day and with just one visit to Edinburgh City Chambers, Terri and Jahura secured the support of 12 Edinburgh City Councillors.
SNP Councillors Alasdair Rankin, Norman Work, Adam McVey and Jim Orr along with Labour Councillors Bill Cook, Cammy Day, Nick Gardner, Gordon Munro, Joan Griffiths, Karen Keil, Lesley Hinds, and Norma Austin-Hart to sign the One Fair Wage pledge, which says:”I pledge to support the One Fair Wage campaign. I believe everyone in Scotland, no matter how old they are, should earn at least a Scottish Living Wage based on how much it costs to live.”
Speaking afterwards, Terri Miller MSYP said: “I was really keen to get working on One Fair Wage – there are half a million low paid workers in Scotland and they need help now. It’s great to see 12 Edinburgh Councillors backing our pledge. The Councillors were really supportive of the campaign and were more than happy to pledge their support. Let’s hope they can convince their colleagues to get on board as well.”
Cllr. Adam McVey, Leith ward, City of Edinburgh Council, said:
“Young people rightly use volunteering opportunities to support their development and build experience but when they enter employment they should be paid a fair wage for a fair day’s work. I commend the work of the Scottish Youth Parliament and pledge my support to the One Fair Wage campaign.” -
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