Stagnant wage growth must spur government action to protect living standards, says TUC

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Wednesday 14 December 2016: For immediate release

Commenting on the latest labour market data published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show that annualised real pay growth has been stuck at 1.7% for the last 4 months, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“Wages are still struggling to get off the ground with increases in pay offset by rising inflation. After the longest wage squeeze since Victorian times, this isn’t the pay boost working people need to get their living standards back on track.

“The government needs to act fast to avoid another living standards crisis. That means a clear plan for Brexit that will protect jobs, pay and rights. And we need a quick end to the unfair public sector pay cap, which will see public sector workers face year-on-year cuts to real pay.”

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