Aberdeenshire MSP writes to BrewDog over real living wage cut

16/01/2024

AN ABERDEENSHIRE MSP has written to BrewDog calling for a meeting after the craft beer producers announced their decision to stop paying new members of staff the real living wage (RLW).

The Ellon-based brewer told new recruits they would now be paid the national living wage, formerly known as minimum wage, of £11.44 an hour.

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It sparked widespread criticism online, but co-founder James Watt jumped to his company’s defence, claiming “the value of our package is even more generous than the real living wage”.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin is now looking to meet BrewDog bosses to discuss the move.

Martin, whose constituency homes BrewDog’s Ellon headquarters, said: “I recall well my previous engagement with BrewDog on local issues, and my tour of your impressive premises in Ellon.

“As the MSP for the constituency in which your HQ is located, I would like to ask for a meeting with BrewDog to discuss the decision to not continue to be a living wage employer, and its possible implications for my constituents, at your earliest convenience.”

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