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National minimum wage is proof that the government cow...

National minimum wage is proof that the government cowers at the feet of big business

12 March 2014
Unite, Britain’s biggest union, accused the government of ‘cowering at the feet of big business in the midst of a cost of living crisis’ following confirmation that the national minimum wage will increase by just 19p an hour to £6.50.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “This timid rise in the minimum wage is proof that this government cowers at the feet of big business in the midst of a cost of living crisis. The government claims it is on the side of working people but companies are sitting on a cash mountain of £500 billion and they should be forced to share more of it with the lowest paid.
 
“Low paid workers needed a real boost in pay to help lift them out of poverty. To make matters even worse George Osborne cruelly held out hope that the rate would rise to £7.00.
 
“The government should have raised the national minimum wage by £1.50 to reverse the growth in inequality. Raising the national minimum wage to the living wage level alone would improve the government’s finances to the tune of £1.35 billion and would grow the economy by £3.15 billion.”  
 
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  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.