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 publication today (Tuesday) of a report from Oxfam on inequality, which calls on Theresa May to deliver on her proposal to put worker representatives on company boards, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Oxfam’s report shows why we need action from government to get a better deal...
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11 September 2016
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11 September 2016
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11 August 2016
Commenting on the latest national data on working age poverty published today (Tuesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “We can tell how strong the economy is, and how fair it is, from how well working families are doing. But since the Conservative-led government took office in 2010, there has...
28 June 2016
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18 May 2016
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17 May 2016
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16 March 2016
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22 January 2016
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20 January 2016

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