UNISON and Child Poverty Action Group call on UK government to make work fair
The call comes as the child poverty charity and trade union release their report Fair Work and Decent Childhoods – policies for those who work to live lives free of poverty. The two organisations call for investment in the social security system, a boost to work incentives for parents in Universal Credit and action to tackle the drivers of benefit spending, such as low pay, high housing costs and high childcare costs.
John Dickie, director of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, said: “The new UK government will inherit a child poverty crisis with a shocking 59 per cent of poor children in Scotland living in working families. For the future of our children and our economy we need urgent action to make work fair for parents and allow them to give their children the decent childhoods they deserve. That’s why as anti-poverty campaigners and trade unionists we have united in setting out three key priorities for the new government – decent pay, family friendly workplaces and investment in in-work benefits.”
Dave Watson, UNISON Scottish organiser, added: “It is an utter scandal that so many are low paid in Scotland. UNISON has to fight in some sectors to get the minimum wage paid never mind the living wage. We have joined with anti-poverty campaigners to call on the next UK Government to tackle work insecurity, rebalance employment rights, and support work life balance and high quality childcare. Out evidence is parents overwhelmingly want to work they just deserve fair pay and decent family friendly jobs.”
UNISON and CPAG call on the next UK government to: