A report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published today reveals that real wages have been falling since 2010, the longest period for 50 years, according to a new report.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "These figures expose the government’s shocking complacency. The bald truth is that the cost of living in this country is vastly outstripping wages. David Cameron has presided over horrific price rises in essentials like food, fuel and travel but he’s done nothing to alleviate this pain.
“Last week the government used highly selective figures to try to spin the nation and claim that average pay is rising. Today’s report is damning proof that the government was trying to pull the wool over our eyes. Working people are struggling to make ends meet. More than 10 million people in this country do not have an acceptable standard of living, with families suffering the most.
“So let's hear no more of the complacency shown by the government last week and let's have some real help for struggling households, beginning with a £1.50 rise in the national minimum wage.”
For more information contact Ciaran Naidoo from Unite on 07768 931 315
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Notes to editors:
- 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.