Britain’s largest union, Unite welcomed today’s (Monday 26 September) commitment from the shadow chancellor John McDonnell, that a Labour government would address poverty pay by putting a real living wage into law, which is forecast to be over £10 per hour.
Welcoming the announcement Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “This will be music to the ears of the millions of low paid workers who are getting poorer under this government. They can see now that Labour is the only party that is serious about making work pay in this country.
“The Conservative’s national living wage is a con – a few cursory pennies more than the minimum wage. It is an utter insult to working people. But John McDonnell’s announcement today makes it abundantly clear that Labour will challenge head on the insecure, undignified world of employment that Tory policies have fostered.
“We have to get back to a situation where a fair day’s work is respected with a fair day’s pay. The people who keep our economy moving, care for our elderly, sick and our children, clean our streets, serve in our shops – the millions of people who are the backbone of our nation – must be paid enough to enjoy the decent life they deserve.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 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.