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Vote Yes to get pay rise, Scots told

By Catriona Webster

Around 150,000 people could see their pay increase in the event of a Yes vote in the referendum, according to the SNP.

The party has said it would set up a commission in an independent Scotland to consider a new minimum wage that would rise at least in line with inflation.

Its analysis found that around 150,000 Scots, or just under 7% of the workforce, will be earning the UK national minimum wage in October, when the rate is due to increase to £6.50. The wage had failed to keep up with the cost of living since 2008, the party said.

Christina McKelvie MSP, of the SNP Parliamentary trade union group, claimed a Yes vote would ensure low-paid workers "earn a fair day's pay for a fair day's work".

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