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 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
Commenting on the latest labour market data published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show the employment rate remaining high, but regular annual pay growth down slightly to just 2.1%, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “While the employment rate has recovered, it seems to be at...
18 May 2016
Commenting on the latest inflation figures published today (Tuesday), which show Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation falling to 0.3% , TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The UK’s continuing low inflation is a sign that the economy still lacks the demand needed to get back to full strength. We need...
17 May 2016
Commenting on the latest labour market data published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show a high employment rate, but regular annual pay growth of only 2.2%, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Despite continued jobs growth, a full recovery in the value of wages is still...
16 March 2016
Average pay (median) in Britain is still worth £2,270 less in real terms than it was in 2008 – a shortfall of £44 a week – according to new analysis published by the TUC today (Friday). TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Working people deserve a fair share of the...
22 January 2016
Commenting on the latest labour market data published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show a higher employment rate, but annual pay growth slowing to 2.0%, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Rising employment is good news for those seeking new jobs or moving out of unemployment...
20 January 2016
New analysis published today (Friday) by the TUC shows that household debt is rising again, with total unsecured debt reaching a new high. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Rising household debt signals that too many people are still struggling to make ends meet. The government must do more to...
08 January 2016
The High Pay Centre’s ‘Fat Cat Tuesday’ research published today (Tuesday) is evidence that the government is not making the choices needed to deliver a fair economy, says the TUC. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Every worker deserves a fair share of the wealth they help create. But the...
05 January 2016
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31 December 2015
New figures published today (Friday) by the Office for National Statistics on UK household wealth paint a worrying picture of growing wealth inequality, says the TUC. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The government must reshape the economy to address the UK’s over-reliance on property and financial investments. Future growth...
18 December 2015

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