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Commenting on research published today (Sunday) by the Resolution Foundation that shows the proportion of employees in low-paid work has increased and now stands at just over five million people, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“Last weekend 90,000 joined our march to call for a pay rise for workers across Britain and this report shows why.

“Many of the jobs created since the crash are very much of the low-paid, casual and zero hours variety. This risks many people and their families simply being left behind, unable to share in any benefit from the economic recovery – while those at the top take an increasing share of the nation’s wealth.

“What’s more, once in a low-paid job, it can be hard, if not nigh on impossible to get higher paid work. Without a new approach it’s quite likely that the overwhelming majority of the five million workers currently in low-paid work will still be stuck there a decade from now.”


- Earlier this week the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission found that only one in five workers who were low-paid in 2002 had managed to escape low pay by 2012 - see page iv

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