The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called for a rise in the minimum wage paid to workers in the UK.
Personnel Today reports that the organisation wants a 37p increase in the hourly rate adults receive from next October in a bid to fight the pressures of the credit crunch.
This would take the minimum wage to £6.10 an hour, and the TUC also wants it to be paid to those aged 21, rather than 22 and over as it currently stands.
Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary, said: "A low minimum wage would not only leave low paid workers - predominantly women - in poverty unnecessarily, but would also leave them with less money to spend."
He also believes the increase could help rescue the economy.
Workplace Law Network recently covered a survey conducted by Incomes Data Services found that many people believe the maternity pay received by women when they are on leave is too low.