National minimum wage rise welcomed by TUC

The government decision to increase the national minimum wage by 2.2% (from £5.80 to £5.93) in October this year, has been welcomed by the TUC.

Brendan Barber, general secretary at the union, said that the move went some way to save low-paid workers from being left behind by the “super-rich” bankers who are constantly under the spotlight.

Barber said: “In a rich country like the UK it is important that those who do low-paid jobs are not left behind.

“It would be particularly unfair if low-paid workers had to bear a disproportionate part of the cost of the economic mess created by super-rich city bankers, who are still claiming their bonuses.”

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