Rennie: Tea and sympathy won't help Amazon workers

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP today accused the First Minister of hypocrisy after she welcomed the introduction of the UK’s new £8.45 Living Wage today, despite the Scottish Government paying millions in grants to companies who do not pay their workers the Living Wage.

The Scottish Government has paid over £5 million to Amazon including almost £4 million in Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grants, through Scottish Enterprise, despite the corporation only paying staff £7.20 an hour.

Commenting Mr Rennie said: 

“The First Minister is right to say that paying the Living Wage, rather than poverty rates, makes sense. That is why it is inexplicable that her government has given millions of pounds to companies which don’t pay the Living Wage. Her actions don’t match the rhetoric. 

“In response to my raising this repeatedly at FMQs, the First Minister sent a minister to have a cup of tea with Amazon bosses, but nothing has changed. Instead of threatening another cup of tea, ministers should set an example and agree that no company will receive regional selective assistance or enterprise grants if they pay workers below the proper Living Wage.” 

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