Issue date
17 May 2017

17 May 2017

The TUC has responded to labour market data published today (Wednesday), which shows real earnings falling by 0.2%, by calling on parties contesting the general election to explain to voters how they would give Britain a pay rise.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“Today’s fall in real wages risks tipping working people into another living standards crisis. And that poses a major challenge for whoever forms the next government.

“The big question for every party is – what’s your plan to get Britain’s wages rising again?”

“Any party that’s serious about giving Britain a pay rise will have a plan to create well-paid jobs in the towns that need them most. They will have a plan to raise the minimum wage to £10 as soon as possible. And they will have a plan to stop the unfair pay cuts that are making hard-working midwives, firefighters and nurses thousands of pounds worse off.”

ENDS

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