date: 10 November 2005
Commenting on the official pay figures published today (Thursday), Brendan Barber, TUC General Secretary, said:
On gender pay gap:
'We welcome the fact that the full-time gender pay gap has narrowed slightly, which is partly the result of more women succeeding in higher paid occupations. But this is no cause for complacency. Part-time women are still as badly paid as ever.'
On low pay:
'Well paid people's earnings are growing twice as fast as those of the lowest paid. If the government is going to meet its target for reducing child poverty then the benefits of historic economic stability and employment growth will have to be better shared. To lift the quality of life for the lowest paid the minimum wage must continue to increase and in work benefits should rise in line with earnings rather than inflation. But the government must also work with trade unions to bring more high skilled, quality jobs into the economy.'
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Issued: 10 November, 2005