date: 20 August 2013
embargo: For immediate release
Commenting on the latest figures for bonuses during 2012/13, published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:
'The return of big bonuses shows Britain is booming for the super-rich. While ordinary people suffer the longest wage squeeze in over a century, those at the top have seen bonuses rise by a stonking four per cent.
'Not content with giving the super-rich a tax cut, the Chancellor has also showered them with an extra gift worth tens of millions of pounds, courtesy of the taxpayer, by giving them plenty of notice to defer their bonuses and avoid the 50p tax rate.
'The shape of Britain's recovery looks increasingly like one where the same old elites hog the gains, while ordinary workers are expected to take declining living standards on the chin.'
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- The ONS figures are available at www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/awe/average-weekly-earnings/index.html
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Issued: 20 August, 2013