Saturday, 1 October 2011

National Minium Wage Increase

From today 1 October 2011 the National Minium Wage hourly rates will increase as follows;
  • the adult rate, from £5.93 to £6.08 
  •  for 18 to 21 year olds, from £4.92 to £4.98 
  •  for 16 to 17 year olds, from £3.64 to £3.68, and 
  • for apprentices, from £2.50 to £2.60. 
This is a long way off the Living Wage but never the less a slight improvement.

Dave Prentis, UNISON’s General Secretary, said:

“More than ten years on the minimum wage has become a valuable safety net for millions of workers. It is a lasting legacy of the trade union and labour movement

“The rise to £6.08 is a welcome cushion, but, with the price of everyday essentials such as food, gas and electricity going up massively, it won’t lift enough working people out of the poverty trap. We want a more substantial figure and a decent living wage for all - a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, regardless of age. Good employers should be looking at the mounting pressures on their workforce and paying them more than the absolute minimum.

“The Government must be vigilant in enforcing the minimum wage - those earning the least should not have to suffer the most because of the recession. Without decent pay they will sink further into poverty and the economy will fail to recover.”

*The Living Wage is an hourly rate, set independently, every year. It is calculated according to cost of living and gives the minimum pay rate required for a worker to provide their family with the essentials of life. In London the current rate is £8.30 per hour. Outside of London the current rate is £7.20.

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The Living Wage from we are fallon on Vimeo.

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