Union says Anas Sarwar family’s firm pays above real living wage

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Political opponents quickly responded to his comments.

The SNP’s Westminster leader Stephen Flynn said it was an “astonishing revelation” and accused him of hypocrisy.

Scottish Conservative deputy leader Craig Hoy said it was “humiliating” for Mr Sarwar, and it left him “open to the charge of hypocrisy”.

But late on Sunday evening an Usdaw spokesman issued a clarification, saying: “Usdaw has a trade union recognition agreement with United Wholesale Scotland and we negotiate on pay with the company.

“In our last negotiation we agreed a pay deal that delivered an income higher than the real living wage for all employees.”

The spokesman went on to say: “We would urge political parties to get their own house in order.”

Labour sources said that as negotiations are between Usdaw and United Wholesale, Mr Sarwar had not been aware of the terms of any agreement.

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