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12p soup bowl fair pay

I deserve a pay rise because I work 70-75 hours a week and according to my calculations I'm only being paid £5.70 an hour - that's below the national minimum wage of £6.31. It is stressing me out big time, every time I speak to my boss about it, he say's there's the door you know what to do. His attitude stinks.




I deserve a pay rise because as a paramedic I have not had a pay rise for 5 years. 

Toast & butter fair pay

If I had fairer pay I would be able to feed myself properly and not struggle to pay my bills. I would be able to socialise at least once a week, as it stands I am living like a recluse I can't afford to see my friends it feels like I am being punished for something I have done wrong apart from being born into a working class family.



Trevor, MOD

local gvt fair pay

I work as contractor. I've not had a pay rise in the last 3 years - it's been frozen. We work nights, 7 days a week without any day off. If pay is fair then there is no need to take action but we are not being paid according to the hard work that we do. That's why I would like to protest for a pay rise. 


Ahmed

RBS CEO fair pay

If I had fairer pay I would, live a better healthier life. No pay rise for 5 years then we are given 1% last year. How is that fair? The cost of living my life has gone up by 17% in the last 5 years.



If I had fairer pay I would be able to buy my son the jeans and doc martin boots that he really wants. He never asks for anything because he knows I can't afford it. I'm tired of never having enough.


Alison

RBS CEO 2nd

I'm a support worker and as a result of the banking crisis my salary was cut from £9.23 per hour to £7.08 per hour. To make ends meet I changed company and for the first year I was paid £7.50 increasing to £8.41 after 12 months. I have worked in social care for many years and have worked for several charities I used to feel proud of this I now feel used and abused. Not only has my salary been cut but: I now have no pension, I get no sick pay for the first week of sickness and it has been cut from 12 months full pay to 4 months full pay, my holiday entitlement  has changed from 8 weeks a year to 5 weeks per year and we are all in it together - I don't think so. 


Michael, social care

NHS security fair pay

If I received the pay rise long overdue to me I would not have to choose between food, or gas, or electric. Often by the end of the month I am having to make that choice. In this day and age it is not acceptable to have so many people all in the same situation as myself.  I would be able to do a weekly shop without having to worry if there is enough left to provide heat and light for the home.  Plus if I was lucky I may even be able to afford some new shoes. 



Local government worker


I started working for a car manufacturer as parts advisor in November 2004. My hourly rate was £6.97 in November 2004. After ten years with this company which is one of the world's biggest firms, my hourly rate has crept up to just £7.89 an hour. 92 pence in ten years when the job is ten times harder. How's that fair? When I first started we were paid time and half for working on Saturdays but that changed to single time when the recession started. I think it's about time this government started to look after working class people not the rich. 



Mohammad, motor transport


If I had fairer pay I would support our local economy, I would buy a new cooker, fridge and a car, and I wouldn't be afraid to get a mortgage, I and millions just like me would be able to buy goods from shop, keeping them open and prosperous allowing them to employ today's youth and in the manufacturers sector who create these items. I read a book that said "We do well when we all do Well" I believe that with all my heart.  



Martin, logistics

Hand of pennies fair pay

If I had a fairer pay I would be able to keep up with my soaring bills. Not to mention all the nicer things in life that I could afford, like quality food beef which has risen by 64%! in the last five years. Don't even get me started on fuel.   Life in general for the working class is getting harder and in my case having to provide for a disabled wife adds to the pressure, on top of paying a mortgage. My life would be so much easierif my wage and the modern increases in things stayed at the same level as each other. 


Tony, dock worker

Barclays CEO fair pay

If I had fairer pay I could actually live, rather then just survive. I'm £125 worse off a week after taking a pay cut of £2.00 an hour to keep my job plus losing a night of work. I have not had a pay rise for 2 years and 3 months, needless to say things are now starting to become very tight. I'm down to just £20 a week for food after paying bills and petrol. All I want is to be able to have a treat every now and then, but all I get is more demands to do more for what seems a lot less. 



Food and drink sector worker

local govt fair pay

If I had fairer pay it would mean I can finally get out my overdraft and on top of my bills. Also I'd be able to give my child a better upbringing and better outdoor activities.I work over 70 hours a week and am still no better off. If I had fairer pay I would also pursue my studies. 


Darren, engineering

London rent fair pay

If I had the pay rise my colleagues and I deserve it would help me get out of my debt quicker and help pay for my bills too. I work extremely hard to make sure that patient care is held high and go far beyond what is expected at my hospital trust. 


NHS worker



If I had fairer pay I would stop working overtime to make ends meet and spend time with family.

My mum deserves a pay rise

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If had fair pay for the work I do I would be able to send my little boy to nursery school. Unfortunately all they do is heap more work onto us and expect us to do more with no increase in pay. So come on, be fair. 


Craig, car hire

Workers from Robertsons Oil & gas consultants Llandudno in North Wales

If I had fairer pay I could afford things like birthday and Christmas presents for my family, which just isn't possible to manage on my current income.  I could have the occasional treat instead of my whole social life consisting of watching Freeview TV and reading library books.  I could afford to replace the worn out shoes and clothes I wear to work; you can only darn and mend for so long before things fall to bits.  I would feel better about myself as a person because when you are constantly living on the breadline with no money for emergencies, relying on food banks for help on occasion, you have no dignity.  And if we all had spending power that would mend the broken economy. 


Krystynak, metal worker

NHS Amanda 

I feel that any signs of recovery that the government have boasted about have only happened at the expense of the low paid. If everyone was in receipt of fair pay there would not have been such a need for the use of food banks. Working people deserve to earn enough not only to be able to feed themselves and their families healthy food, not only to be able to pay for the roof over their head, not only to be able to keep warm and to pay their bills, they also should have enough left over to put aside for repairs and maintenance of homes and vehicles, to save for a holiday, to buy clothes, enjoy special occasions. People that work hard deserve to enjoy life not just to be on a perpetual treadmill of working for not enough to meet outgoings, driven to anxiety and ill health.


Diane

Local govt Miranda

I deserve a pay rise - I work for the NHS in a good role, and I am good at what I do. Years of  pay freezes and the increase to pension contributions on top of the increase in living costs  cost of living increases I am in reality taking a pay cut again this year. I work well beyond my contract, acting up into a senior role I am not paid for, yet I am mid-point on my current band.  Therefore I will get no pay increase this year - I will only get my increment, which demonstrates the level that I am paid for (not the level I work at).  Many of us work well beyond our contract, but actually recieve nothing for this.  The NHS works on the good will of the staff, which is rapidly being eroded by the present governments view of the staff and services. 



Health sector

Local gvt Fiona

A pay rise for me would mean a little spare cash in my pocket to spoil the family. We haven't had a holiday in five years as every bit of my pay goes into bills and tax. Surely if more people had some spare cash to spend it would help the economy? 



Transport

If I had a pay rise… A school worker’s story

If I had fairer pay I could buy a place to live rather than being stuck in a very expensive private sector flat that is falling apart. I could take my daughter on holiday. 



Community and not for profit sector

Ireland needs a pay rise

I am a professional driver with an ADR, and for the first 45hrs a week I am paid at the rate of £7.78 per hour. This is more than some of my colleagues but still a ridiculous amount for a driver with 27 years experience. If I had a pay rise I may be able to afford a holiday, which is something I have not been able to afford for over 10 years. 



Road haulage

My wife needs a pay rise

If I had fairer pay I would be able to feed myself properly and not struggle to pay my bills.  I would be able to socialise at least once a week as it stands I am living like a recluse I can't afford to see my friends it feels like I am being punished for something I have done wrong apart from being born into a working class family.


Dean 

Finance workers need a pay rise


If I had fairer pay it would mean I can finally get out my overdraft and on top of my bills. Also I'd be able to give my child a better upbringing and better outdoor activities.I work over 70 hours a week and am still no better off. If I had fairer pay I would also pursue my studies. 


Darren, engineering

National Minimum Wage to Living Wage

If I had fairer pay I wouldn't fall behind with my rent to the council. I wouldn't have to rely on pay day lenders most months to get by and feed my daughter (single parent). I wouldn't have to live hand to mouth every month and I wouldn't dread the bills popping through the letter box every day.  Fair pay for a fair days work - well that's gone out of date years ago! The cost of living has risen way over the heads of the working man/woman while our salaries aren't keeping pace. 



School worker

Fair pay austerity

If I had fairer pay I would sleep at night. I've worked for the NHS for 28 years. I've always been a one parent family but in the last 2 years I just can't manage. I work full time and 3 times recently I've had to go to the foodbank to feed my family.  I've cried myself to a point that I don't know how I'm going to manage this coming month as the foodbank has only given me a small respite from the strain of it all.  I feel tested to my very limits. I'm at my wits end. Why does the government see that not only do we want and need a pay rise but we DESERVE one.


Sharon




If I had fairer pay I would work normal hours, see my family and friends, and get on with life! 



Transport

Pay Up for public services report

I'm a single parent and since my little boy was 2 and a half I have worked full time. Arranging childcare around my shift work as a nurse was really difficult. Staying late was often impossible and my managers didn't like the fact that I couldn't be flexible. I self funded myself through a teaching degree. Managing on the money I have is tough. Once I have paid rent and my bills there is very little left for food and petrol to get to work. There are times I go without food and I have run out of petrol on my way home on several occasions.  My son and I live very close to the breadline. All I want is to be able to provide for my son and to be able to treat him once in a while. I have got poorer since going back to work and I feel I am disrespected for trying to provide for my son and undervalued too. I feel ignored and unrepresented by the government. My standard of living is ridiculously low. To be able to be paid in line with today's living costs would have a major impact on both of our lives. We would have enough food in our cupboards and peace of mind.


If I had fairer pay I would go to the dentists, have a holiday - I've not been able to afford one for 4 years - even in the  UK), replace my clapped out old car, buy new clothes (2nd hand one just wear out quickly!) eat better and perhaps rent somewhere more suitable. I work very hard, I'm committed to the essential service I help to provide. I am educated and skilled, yet: With these pay cuts I now live hand to mouth. I don't think that these wishes are too much to ask. 



Local government worker

Purse fairpay

If I had fairer pay I would eat the recommended five portions of fruit and veg a day and eat more healthily. I would  relax and have a decent holiday even if it was just local. Little treats like taking the kids to the cinema once a month or out for a meal. It would be so nice to have some precious family time.


Sharon

Fair pay government policy

I have not had a pay rise for the last 5 years, but the cost of everything thing else has gone up. When we ask for a pay rise now we are given the same old blame the recession story.This excuse is getting tired now, especially when the company leases new cars every year. No recession for some then. Hard working people are paying for everyone else's mistakes. It's time for a pay rise now.  



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If I had fairer pay I could afford a weekly shop without scrimping constantly, I work hard and all I seem to be doing is paying the bills and have no money left for myself.

Fair pay cabinet members

I been working in the same place for 11 years and still get paid the same wages as when I started. When I asked for a pay rise I was told 'you know where the door is'. I'm tired of being treated like this, but need my job. I don't know what to do. 



Food and Drink Sector

Dami, Jed, Sean, Tracey and Marie deserve a pay rise

If I had fair pay I could afford to buy meat again, put light bulbs back in my flat, replace my clapped out car and save for a rainy day. 


Philipa Charity

Scotland needs a pay rise

I need to replace my windows and carpets in two rooms but am struggling to do it. My partner and I would like to start a family and a pay rise would take us closer to that. 



Community and not for profit sector



If I had fairer pay I'd go on a nice holiday. We've not had a holiday for 4 years. My wife and most of all my son really need and deserve a holiday. 



Bus driver

Insurance workers need a pay rise

If I had fairer pay I could buy good fresh food without worrying about the cost. I could be part of the economy and do nice things for my parents and my family. I could take the occasional holiday. In short,I could live a fulfilling life. Right now, finances mean I don't feel I can do those things except in exceptional circumstances, and I'm way better off than a lot of people. 



Admin

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If I had fairer pay I would be able to afford a life outside of work and eat more healthily - more than zero to one meals a day. I work in a pub on a zero hours contract. This means that staff hours are constantly being cut. Staff tend to end up having to do the job of two sometimes three people we are so short staffed. An increase in pay would also make me feel at the very least more valued for the job that I actually do. Minimum wage is soul destroying and an insult. 



Food and drink sector

Andy deserves a pay rise

If I had fairer pay I could afford to eat healthily, rent a home to live in and provide a better future for my family. At the moment I barely have enough to buy good meals and can't save the money to secure a deposit on a house. If I could I'd be able move out of my parents home. 



Transport worker

Miriam deserves a pay rise

If I had fairer pay I could put fuel in the car and eat at the end of the month and not have to choose one or the other, which would be nice, I could also turn the heating on once in a while. 



Grant, engineering


An Old Comrade said to me once, "We're all a weeks' wage away from starvation". How very true, and sad, in this day and age.  Metaphorically speaking, fair pay may temporarily ease the hunger pains. 


Dean, ICT

We deserve a pay rise 10

Fair pay to me would mean that I would get a fair deal.I am currently relying on benefits as well as working full time. If pay was fair people wouldn't have to fair rely on benefits. Fair pay should be enough to live on.



Transport


If I had fairer pay I would love to be able to get through a whole month without having to use my overdraft. I work 9-5 every day without fail I'm put under huge stress and at the end of the month it's still not enough.

Fair pay full English

If I had fairer pay I could get a mortgage to buy a house large enough for my expanding family. My son will be born in July, and with two daughters the house is going to be very cramped. We don't earn enough to get a mortgage, so we are stuck in our rented home, with less security. We could also stop telling the kids that "you can't have that, we can't afford it" so much. My eldest daughter's a keen dancer her weekend lessons are important to her, but we can no longer afford them. We could also feel that our jobs were valued; we are both mental health care workers, and have had virtually no pay rises in years. The work we do saves the country thousands of pounds, each person we manage to keep out of hospital saves the NHS over £2000 per week, yet our service is being cut and staff are leaving because of the increased workload with no more pay. Public services are vital, but experienced staff can no longer afford to stay in the service. 


Jay, public sector

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If I had fairer pay I could live and not just exist. I would be able to turn on the heat and have food on a daily basis. 


Les, cleaning

Finance workers group

If I had fairer pay I could stop worrying about paying for the essentials like rent, council tax and domestic fuel bills. I may also be able to have a small holiday as I have not had one for 4 years. 


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