CVS Inverclyde welcomes Minister for Business, Skills and Fair Work
As the first charity to become a Living Wage Accredited employer in Scotland in 2013, the team at CVS Inverclyde were delighted to host a visit from Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Business, Skills and Fair Work.
He dropped into their Greenock base at the Inverclyde Community Hub, where he met the team and heard more about their work in developing community groups, voluntary organisations and the social economy, championing the role of the third sector in building successful communities.
The team talked about the Living Wage and other fair work accreditations, including Carer Positive Engaged, Disability Confident Employer and the Happy to Talk Flexible Working initiative.
"The Minister's visit to Greenock lets us raise the profile of the real Living Wage locally and our commitment to it, along with the wider fair work practices we have in place here at CVS Inverclyde," said Chief Executive Officer, Charlene Elliott.
"We took the opportunity to talk about how paying the Living Wage brings us big benefits, such as improved retention, reputation, recruitment and staff motivation, and how we've advocated its adoption within the third sector here in Inverclyde."
Commenting on the visit, Jack Evans, Living Wage Scotland Manager said: "We were delighted to attend a visit from Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Business, Skills and Fair Work this week.
"Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer and shows commitment to the belief that a hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay.
"CVS Inverclyde were only the fifth organisation in Scotland to become Living Wage Accredited and were the first charity in Scotland to gain the recognition. The support they have shown to the fight for fair pay is fantastic. Today, there are over 1700 Scottish employers who together want to go further than the government minimum to make sure that all their staff earn enough to live on."
Our picture above shows ... Jamie Hepburn MSP, is pictured centre with CVS Inverclyde Chief Executive Officer, Charlene Elliott. He was joined in the visit by Living Wage Accreditation Officer, Iain Russell (second left). They are pictured with some of the CVS Inverclyde team (from left) Karla Johnstone, Caroline Johnstone, Gillian Whyte, Bill Clements and Vicki Cloney, with her assistance dog Alena.