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Edinburgh and the living wage

What’s on offer?

This event is for anyone interested in learning more about Edinburgh City’s vision for the living wage.

The event will launch Edinburgh’s Living Wage City initiative, showcasing the Living Wage City Action Plan, to share the steps in this initiative. Through a facilitated panel discussion we provide insights from local living wage accredited employers and their employees, about their experiences of paying and earning a living wage, followed by time for Q&A with the audience. This event provides a platform for learning about the City’s ambitions, and the challenges and benefits of accreditation.

It will be hosted by Cllr Adam McVey (Leader of Edinburgh City Council) and Dr Ishbel McWha-Hermann (University of Edinburgh Business School) in partnership with Living Wage Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council and University of Glasgow.

Professor Rosalind Searle (University of Glasgow) will speak about the science behind the living wage.

The panel will consist of:

Dougie Cameron, Chief Operating Officer at Centre for the Moving Image (Filmhouse)

Lindsay Fyffe-Jardine, CEO at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home

Sandy MacDonald, Director of Policy and Communications at Scottish Financial Enterprise

Lynn Anderson, Manager at Living Wage Scotland

Carmen Simon, Personal Assistant who works with adults with multiple needs

Tania Dron, Creative Development Manager, Mercat Tours

What’s it about?

Edinburgh City has an ambitious plan to become a Living Wage City. This event will showcase leading research from researchers at the University of Edinburgh Business School, highlighting the benefits of paying a living wage for employees, businesses, and the community. Speakers from well-known Edinburgh businesses will share their experiences of becoming living wage employers. Employees who have moved onto a living wage will share their personal experiences. In this way the event will help to inform and excite attendees around the topic of living wages.

Who’s leading the event?

Ishbel McWah-Hermann, University of Edinburgh Business School. Professor Rosalind Searle, University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School, Lynn Anderson and Anna Hirvonen, Living Wage Scotland.

Open to

Professionals, Public, Young people.

Of particular interest to

of particular interest to low-wage employees and living wage employers