TUC calls for minimum wage increase

02-12-2008

TUC calls for minimum wage increase
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.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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