SNP MP Stewart McDonald used the Queen's Speech debate to call on the UK Government to ensure workers receive fair, proper, and full pay.
The MP for Glasgow South highlighted concerns surrounding unpaid work trials, with over 10,000 people recently signing a petition against the practice, and the ongoing affair affecting workers at Ad Lib and Blue Dog in Glasgow that has resulted in staff going months without furlough payment.
It is estimated that over £3billion pounds worth of wages are lost every year, with issues such as unpaid work trials contributing to this.
Commenting, Stewart McDonald said:
"As businesses start to re-open their doors after a difficult few months, it is vital that we not only do what we can to support them, but also the workers that they could not survive without and who have been badly affected by the pandemic.
"That is why it is a scourge on our society that in this day and age we still hear horror stories from people who are being asked to work hours unpaid and without knowing if they will even get the job, or desperately seeking the money they are rightly owed.
"Nobody should be made to feel unsafe, financially or otherwise, in their own workplace. People must be properly paid for the work they do, and I urge the UK Government to urgently look into and constructively engage on such issues.
"A fair day's work deserves a fair days pay."