Average pay has fallen for millions of lower and middle income workers since 2010, TUC research says – inews.co.uk

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 plans world’s highest minimum wage | Society | The Guardian

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

MPs will enjoy £1,000 pay hike, while average worker endures 10% real term wage drop : RT Question More.

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 Immense Popularity of the Beveridge Report, and its Reception by Labour and the Tories

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A week or so ago I had a debate on here with a critic, who objected to my crediting Aneurin Bevan with the creation of the NHS. He asserted that the Beveridge Report, on which the NHS is based, was a policy of the wartime National Government, and also had Conservative support.

This is true. However, the Beveridge Report was based on the work of Sidney and Beatrice Webb and the Socialist Medical Association, who had been demanding a free medical service for decades. Indeed, a free health service had been Labour party policy since the 1930s. And while the Tories in the Coalition government also supported Beveridge’s outline of the welfare state, it had particularly strong support in the Labour party.

Pauline Gregg in her book, The Welfare State, describes the massive popularity the Beveridge Report enjoyed with just about all parts of the British population on pages…

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The War and Socialist Demands for a National Health Service before the Beveridge Report

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This is following a debate I’ve recently had with a critic, who stated that the National Health Service had its origins in the Beveridge Report of 1942, and was endorsed by Winston Churchill and the Conservatives. This is true, up to a point, though Churchill was initially very cautious about the foundation of a National Health Service. After the War he made a radio speech denouncing the Labour party’s plans for a complete reconstruction of Britain as ‘a Gestapo for England’. However, Michael Sullivan in his book, The Development of the British Welfare State (Hemel Hempstead: Prentice Hall/Harvester Wheatsheaf 1996) also points out that before the publication of the Beveridge, there had been a long process of negotiation and demand for some kind of comprehensive, free healthcare for working people, and that this had become official Labour party policy in the 1934. He writes

Discussions about the reform of British…

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Union disability equality manifesto ‘will help fight government propaganda’ | DisabledGo News and Blog

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