Most people associate the run up to Christmas with shopping, festive jumpers, turkey, or generally catching up with family and friends. Edinburgh, during this period, becomes a sought-after tourist destination, with the Christmas Market and Hogmanay celebrations attracting tens of thousands.
Despite many people looking forward to Christmas, this is only one side of the coin. The other side is made up by underpaid or overworked workers, who don’t know their rights and whose employers may take advantage of. The same force bringing tourists here, boosting our economy, creates ideal conditions for exploitation and for dodging statutory employment rights over wages and entitlements. While most of Edinburgh’s employers are trying to get it right, it is those who are undercutting those businesses by not meeting their legal requirements that are negating this positive impact to our local economy.