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We need decent pay and secure work for key workers

The government directly sets the pay of six million key workers. They must act by giving workers a pay rise and tackling the insecure work many face.
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Despite doing essential work like caring for us and keeping food on shop shelves through this crisis, millions remain underpaid and in insecure work. Many made huge sacrifices putting themselves and their families at risk through the lockdown as they faced no choice but to go to work. Workers who carried the country through the crisis deserve to be rewarded fairly.

The government must:

  • raise the minimum wage to improve the pay of 2 million key workers
  • give meaningful pay rises to over 4 million public sector key workers
  • ban zero-hours contracts which particularly affect key workers in health and social care, and wholesale and retail

Read TUC key workers report 

It is time to end the low pay and insecure work that leave carers, supermarket workers, delivery drivers and many more of our most essential workers struggling.

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