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NEWLANDS CONGRATULATES IKEA ON LIVING WAGE SUCCESS

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Gavin Newlands, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has today welcomed IKEA’s announcement that they will pay all of their workers a Living Wage from 1st April 2016.

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IKEA’s has opted to pay their workers the Living Wage of £8.25 as recommended by the Living Wage foundation, as opposed to the UK Government’s statutory ‘National Living Wage’ of £7.20 which only available for workers over the age of 25. Over 350 employees at IKEA Braehead, a store in Gavin Newlands MP’s constituency, will receive this pay-rise from tomorrow.

Gavin Newlands, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“I commend IKEA on going above and beyond and giving all of their workers the real and recognised Living Wage.

“IKEA is the benchmark for flexible and fair employment in the UK, and I am proud to have such a great employer in my constituency. I hope that other businesses from across Renfrewshire will follow IKEA’s lead and become an accredited Living Wage employer.”

Helen Aylett, Store Manager at IKEA Glasgow, said:

“We believe that not only is this the right thing to do by our co-workers, it also makes good business sense too. We believe that a motivated team with good compensation and working conditions can naturally provide a better customer experience.

“Our co-workers have told us about the real difference this investment will make to their lives, which makes us proud to be introducing this Living Wage to all.”