Unite warns of deepening Tory ‘wage pain’ as average w...

Unite warns of deepening Tory ‘wage pain’ as average wages continue to fall

14 June 2017

Theresa May and the Tories’ ‘wage pain’ is leaving millions of people struggling to make ends meet warned Britain’s largest union, Unite as official figures out today (Wednesday 14 June) showed a deepening wage squeeze. 

Official labour market figures out today showed that average earnings, excluding bonuses, fell in real terms by 0.6 per cent compared to a year earlier. The figures follow an analysis by the London School of Economics of OECD data showing the UK had suffered the biggest drop in average wages between 2007 and 2015 of any developed country except austerity-ravaged Greece.

Commenting Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Theresa May and the Tories' wage pain is hurting workers in their wallets leaving millions struggling to make ends meet.

“People are sick of the last seven years of the Tories always taking from those who need it most.  With the government’s irresponsible Brexit stance creating economic uncertainty, their cap on the pay of millions of nursing, teaching and police staff, and inflation going rapidly in the opposite direction to pay, workers are under constant pressure to pay the bills and put food on the table. 

“The Tories have succeeded in creating the longest period of falling real terms pay since the Napoleonic wars. They are clearly the party of economic mismanagement.

“Last week, millions of working people rejected the Tories’ work harder for less approach. Only Labour will boost the minimum wage to £10 an hour, scrap the public sector pay cap and ensure working people can stand tall again by building an economy based on secure, decent jobs.”


For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869. 

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.