TUC demands ‘bold rise’ in minimum wage

Jeff Blackler/REX

A bold rise in the national minimum wage is needed next year to ease the squeeze on living standards for the lowest paid workers, the TUC has warned.

The union body has calculated that the annual salary of a full-time minimum-wage worker would be £770 higher this year, had the minimum rate of pay kept pace with price inflation since 2007.

The TUC, which presented evidence to the Low Pay Commission this morning, said the Government must increase the minimum wage by more than the rate of inflation or average earnings growth to avoid putting even more financial strain on hard-working low-wage families. The move follows Labour’s announcement of a tax break for employers paying their staff the living wage, should it win the next general election.

Despite inflation currently running at 2.7%, the Government last month announced a national minimum wage increase of 1.9% for adults and 1% for younger people.

It added that as the economic recovery strengthens, increases in the minimum wage should become more generous. “A bigger increase in the minimum wage in 2014 is also needed to restore what has been ‘lost’ in recent years,” it said.

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3 Responses to TUC demands ‘bold rise’ in minimum wage

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    hr4free.org 7 Nov 2013 at 8:01 am #

    It’s about time for a pay rise that would allow the most vulnerable to live decently!

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    JJH 7 Nov 2013 at 11:51 am #

    We’re barely out of recession; will be dealing with the last governments debt (the biggest in our history) for generations to come and yet they still expect to spend more!

    A ‘bold rise’ in the TUC’s sense of reality would seem to be more appropriate…

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    Hmm 11 Nov 2013 at 9:27 am #

    What will happen is that smaller organisations and probably bigger organisation too (looking after their profits) will just hire less people to make up for the expenditure so there will be less jobs. A bold rise in minimum wage would cripple a lot of smaller businesses.