Average pay has effectively fallen for millions of lower and middle income earners over the past decade, research has found.
Austerity and a lack of bargaining rights had held down pay in many jobs, according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
Real pay for earners in jobs paying between £9.56 and £12.73 an hour has dropped by 1 per cent since 2010.
This compares with a seven per cent increase for this group between 2002 and 2010.
Source: Average pay has fallen for millions of lower and middle income workers since 2010, TUC research says – inews.co.uk
Philip Hammond is seriously considering a major increase to the minimum wage as he seeks to secure a legacy of ending low pay, it has emerged.
Several sources familiar with the chancellor’s thinking told the Observer they believed he was pushing to look at the “ambitious end” of what would be possible without damaging Britain’s employment levels, suggesting he is contemplating going further than any developed nation.
A proposal under discussion would see the minimum wage pushed up to 66% of median earnings, meeting the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s definition of low pay. It would allow the chancellor to say he had set a course to end low pay in Britain. The chancellor held a meeting with Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), last week, and he is understood to be meeting other union leaders at a round table this week. One government source said: “The chancellor is very concerned about poverty and sees this as one avenue of tackling it.”
Source: Philip Hammond plans world’s highest minimum wage | Society | The Guardian
It is one rule for those that make the laws and another for those that do not, where is that in the question of Equality for it should be the other way round. Those with less should gain more than those with more to equate to equality.
If the MPs are to receive a further pay rise then they should forego all their expenses and also their subsidised bar, for what group of employees are entitled to drink at work and with their substantial pay rises they could more afford to pay the full price for their enjoyment.
The TUC is hoping that a new manifesto will be used to fight the poverty, prejudice and discrimination faced by millions of disabled people, and help unions challenge popular misconceptions and government “propaganda”. The TUC wants individuals, politicians and organisations to support the proposals in its new Manifesto for Disability Equality, which include calls for an inclusive education system, a British Sign Language act, and proper enforcement of disability measures in the Equality Act. The TUC says in the manifesto that “progress in reducing the employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people has been slowed by continuing discrimination by employers”. It also warns that millions of disabled people are living in poverty, while support for the right to live independently has been cut, prejudice against disabled people has risen because of “government and media propaganda about benefits”, and disabled people face barriers to public transport and reduced access to education.
Source: Union disability equality manifesto ‘will help fight government propaganda’ | DisabledGo News and Blog