Britain Needs a Pay Rise

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We're facing the tightest living standards squeeze for nearly a century The wages pie has been gradually shrinking since the 1970s
The super rich continue to see their incomes soar Falling wages and growing inequality hits businesses as well as households

Getting money back into people pockets is essential to securing a strong recovery. We also need to avoid another debt fuelled spending boom of the sort that caused the recent financial crisis - sustainable economic growth depends on fairer pay for ordinary workers and smaller bonuses for the super rich. That's why the TUC is campaigning for action that will start to move our economy back in the right direction.

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A properly enforced minimum wage

bullet Higher minimum wages for employers who can afford to pay more
bullet Increased commitment to the living wage bullet A crackdown on excessive executive pay       

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Commenting on the latest labour market data published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics – which show real earnings growth coming virtually to a halt at just 0.1% for the three months to February – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Pay packets are taking a hammering from...
12 April 2017
Responding to the announcement today (Monday) by the Labour Party of a proposal to increase the minimum wage to £10 an hour, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The minimum wage needs a serious boost in the coming years, and the TUC believes it should reach £10 an hour as...
10 April 2017
Commenting on the latest labour market data published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show real pay growth (excluding bonuses) down to 1.4% – the lowest for nearly two years – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “With prices rising faster, real pay growth is now slowing...
15 February 2017
Commenting on the publication today (Wednesday) of a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which finds that almost 3 million working households do not meet the minimum income standard, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This will come as no surprise to working people. The Prime Minister needs to tell...
15 February 2017
Many people working for emergency services on Christmas Day have seen their real wages fall in the last five years, TUC analysis revealed today (Friday).
23 December 2016
Sheffield Trade Union Council is hosting a March and Rally in Sheffield City Centre as part of the 'Sheffield Needs a Pay Rise' Campaign for £10 per hour minimum wage. 17 December, 1 pm, Devonshire Green. See attached flier for full details.
08 December 2016
Commenting on the latest labour market data published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show pay rising by 2.4%, but higher inflation bringing real wages increases down to 1.7%, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Real pay growth is the slowest it’s been since early 2015. Wages...
16 November 2016
Commenting on today’s (Thursday) warning from the Bank of England of higher inflation and lower wages, following the fall in value of the pound, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Chancellor should use the Autumn Statement to protect jobs and wages, with new investment in infrastructure like roads, rail,...
03 November 2016
New official figures published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that workers in the North West are still £35 a week worse off than they were before the financial crash, according to the TUC. The ONS figures show that in 2016 real wages in the North...
28 October 2016
Commenting on the latest labour market data published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show a small increase in unemployment and average weekly earnings increasing at an annual rate of 2.3%, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Pay growth remains weak by historical standards, and inflation is...
19 October 2016

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