Monday, September 27, 2010

East Coast Weasel Labour MSP Iain Gray tries to sell the “living wage” con to fool people into voting Labour, limited to public sector only

Dear All

It seems that the East Coast Weasel, Labour MSP Iain Gray is so desperate for policy ideas that he has decided to copy the ‘Prince of Powder’ disgraced former Glasgow Labour Councillor of shame Steven Purcell.

The plan to secure Holyrood election victory is to introduce a "living wage" to a few council workers and present it as a Scotland wide policy when it really only benefits a small percentage of the population.

He says he wants to bring to an end to "poverty pay".

So, how does East Coast weasel intend to pay £7 an hour?

Simple, Labour Councils are shedding thousands of Scottish Council jobs due to budget cuts.

Does the “living wage” apply to those on DWP training programmes?


Does the “living wage” apply to those in the private sector?


Speaking at the Labour party conference in Manchester, he said:

"In a 21st century Scotland, no-one who does a fair day's work should receive less than a fair day's pay. In a Labour Scotland, we will make sure that no-one does."

That commitment won’t be honoured to the people on DWP work programmes or the private sector doing a fair day’s work; they won’t be receiving a fair day’s pay.

The fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay is a Labour Party election scam.

Only a very few people will benefit from this measure, this is such dishonest politics that it is worthy of comment.

The "Scottish Living Wage" of £7 per hour won’t apply to everyone in Scotland.

Another part of the pitch for votes is that the high salaries paid to top public sector employees are hinted as being scaled back.

Will this apply to those who already have contracts?

I suspect not.

The East Coast Weasel said:

"We will need to see pay restraint in the months and years ahead. In particular, I want to see excessive salaries and bonuses at the very top end of the Scottish public sector scaled back. But those at the bottom of the pay scales must be protected. That is why if I am elected First Minister in May I will introduce a Scottish Living Wage of over £7 per hour."

Is there anyone gullible enough to swallow that the Labour Party cares about the poor?

Gray said the payment of a "living wage" to Glasgow City Council employees shows that it works.

But he misses out that thousands of people have lost their jobs at Glasgow City Council.

This plan is limited only to the public sector; most of Scotland will be shut out so poverty pay will continue under the Labour Party.

Scottish Labour has always planned to privatise and reduce the public sector outsourcing to the unaccountable private sector.

Big business or DWP won’t be paying £7 an hour!

But then Iain Gray isn’t fighting for the people of Scotland just for the London Labour Party.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University


Mr. Mxyzptlk said...

The one thing you neglect to say about the SEVEN POUNDS A HOUR
is if it is fair or not....

Mr. Mxyzptlk said...

The one thing you neglect to say about the SEVEN POUNDS A HOUR
is if it is fair or not....

Anonymous said...

Pensioners to pay for Council workers increases will go down like a lead balloon.

Anonymous said...

And once he jacks up the council tax, tolls the bridges, hikes the scrip' charges and blows our taxes on trams and train lines that only benefit the construction industry buddies of the peoples party, the extra pay will soon be gobbled up.

Labour are crap.

George Laird said...

Dear Mxyzptlk

Is it fair that thousands will be sacked and pushed further in poverty to pay for this limited £7 an hour?

Do I support working class people getting more money, yes to the hilt.

Working class people get precious little in the way of help from Labour.

I have answered your question, £7 an hour is fair for those on lower wages, now answer mine.

Is it right that thousands will be sacked to pay for a limited number to get it?

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University