This will no doubt be hailed as a great victory:
Power firm SSE has awarded what is thought to be Scotland’s largest living wage contract.
Hurrah! Hurrah! etc. So, the people in the phone cubicles are going to be well paid are they? The cleaners?
Ah, no, it’s going to be already highly paid engineers and contract workers who are:
The £460m contract, awarded by SSE networks business SHE Transmission, will apply to a new subsea electricity link being built by engineers ABB Ltd.
SSE said the contract for part of the Caithness to Moray Transmission Project would support at least 600 jobs.
All staff and contractors will be paid at least the living wage of £7.65 per hour, and £7.85 from April next year.
Anybody who thinks that workers on a subsea cable project are going to be affected by a minimum wage of £7.65 is mad, entirely mad. It’s difficult to be entirely categorical about this (they might have a person on staff to make the tea for example) but the probability of this changing the wages to be paid in any manner whatsoever are around and about zero.
This is a PR clause in the project contract, nothing else.