MUSEUM chiefs have been accused of exploiting a legal loophole to avoid paying fair wages.
Gift shop workers at National Museums Scotland, which runs attractions including the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street, are paid less than the minimum living wage of £7.65 an hour, it has been claimed.
This is despite a Scottish Government promise to ensure all Scottish public sector workers get the living wage rate.
The gift shop workers are sub-contracted to a private company called National Museums Scotland Enterprises (NMSE), and are paid just above the minimum wage.
James Kelly MSP, Labour spokesman for infrastructure, said: “It is simply wrong that staff working side by side serving Scotland are paid different rates due to a loophole.”
A spokesman for National Museums Scotland said: “NMSE receives no public subsidy, being run as an entirely commercial enterprise in a competitive commercial marketplace.
“Its employees are engaged on terms that are appropriate within the wider commercial market within which it operates.”