Issue date
16 Apr 2019

Commenting on the publication today (Tuesday) of labour market figures showing real pay growth at 1.5%, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“This modest pay growth is doing little for workers still feeling the effects of the longest pay squeeze for 200 years.  

“And with over half of those in poverty living in working households, we need a more ambitious plan to support jobs and wages. This means action from government to raise the minimum wage to £10 as quickly as possible and giving unions the freedom to enter every workplace to negotiate fair pay rises.“

Editors note

- For the full ONS release click here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/bulletins/averageweeklyearningsingreatbritain/april2019

- 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.