Issue date
15 May 2018

Commenting on today’s (Tuesday) labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics, which show that real wage growth is still weak at just 0.4%, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

Working people are still not getting a fair deal. Millions of jobs do not pay a real living wage. And average weekly pay is still worth much less than a decade ago after the longest pay squeeze for 200 years.

“Workers deserve a fairer share of the wealth they create. The government should put the minimum wage up to £10. Public servants deserve their first proper pay rise for 8 years. And unions need new rights to access to workplaces and bargain with employers for fair pay rises.”

Editors note

- ONS figures show that average weekly earnings excluding bonuses are down £13 in the ten years from the pre-crisis peak in March 2008 to March 2018 (using CPIH). TUC analysis has of annual data for pay including bonuses over 2008 to 2018 (using CPI and the OBR forecast for 2018) finds that average weekly earnings are down £25 over that decade.
- The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together more than 5.5 million working people who make up our 49 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living.