STUC Condemns T in the Park Work Practices and Demands a Real Living Wage for Workers

July 10th 2015

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has called on T in the Park organisers to get to grips with poor employment practise in the operation of the festival bars, operated by Barcode Recruitment.

Having been led to expect at least the 'adult' Minimum Wage, under-21s are being employed at £5.30 per hour. The company is also demanding £10.00 for transporting workers to Auchterarder and back, advising that they will be left in George Square at midnight on Sunday to make their own way home. Any tips earned by employees will be commandeered by the company and donated to a charity of its own choice.

Grahame Smith, General Secretary said

"It is clear from some of the discussions we have had that young workers contracted to this job feel that they have been misled. They want to know why one of their hours of work is worth less than that of older colleagues and why other companies and other contracts are able to offer better rates of pay.

"Making contributions to charity is an admirable thing. But it would be much more admirable if the donations came from barcode's profits, not the tips of underpaid young people.

“DF Concerts made pre-tax earnings of £4.53 million in 2013/14 mainly on the back of the enthusiasm and spending of young people. They should be ensuring that those they contract to deliver catering and hospitality services pay their workers the real living wage for Scotland of £7.85.”

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