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9 September 2020
'We're all in it together' chirped Boris Johnson at the start of lockdown - which is presumably why he's considering not uprating the paltry minimum wage next April, because the bosses say they can't afford it
15 January 2020
Boris Johnson has announced the minimum wage is going up. It's not by nearly enough. And at the same time, the Tories let bosses get away with paying hundreds of thousands of workers below the legal minimum!
8 January 2020
Ignoring the realities of living in austerity Britain, the Tory government has announced that the National 'Living Wage' will increase by 51p to £8.72 an hour in April. Every improvement is welcome, of course.
27 November 2019
The Socialist is running a debate. How can we end low pay and what minimum wage level should we be fighting for? In this issue, readers share their thoughts.
6 November 2019
The Socialist is running a debate. How we can end low pay and what minimum wage level should we be fighting for? In this issue, readers share their thoughts.
23 October 2019
In the last issue of the Socialist, we initiated a debate about how we can end low pay and what level of minimum wage we should be fighting for. Three readers have sent us their thoughts
17 April 2019
The minimum wage was one of the very few pro-worker steps taken by a right-wing Labour government
22 February 2017
Retail giant Argos has recently been caught red-handed paying 37,000 workers less than the national minimum wage.
8 June 2016
Conditions in a warehouse used by online fashion retailer Asos have been described as "sickening". Workers testified to facing oppressive security, guarded toilets, searches, and a 'flexi-time' system
2 April 2016
In many town and cities around the country, people greeted the government's new 'living wage' - just £7.20 an hour, only for over-25s - with protests on its 1 April start date.
23 March 2016
On April Fools' Day the Tories will implement the sick joke of a National 'Living' Wage of £7.20 an hour
20 January 2016
A National Audit Office report contains further proof that austerity is working out fine for the bosses, writes Dave Semple
4 November 2015
The Trades Union Congress reports that nearly six million workers in the UK earn less than the voluntary 'living wage'.
23 September 2015
The seemingly never ending vicious cuts have been hitting us so hard that for many of us survival is a struggle, writes £10 an hour minimum wage now.
9 September 2015
The Tories have announced new measures to supposedly combat companies paying below the new £7.20 minimum wage. But in reality the measures are paltry.
8 July 2015
"David Cameron claims that he wants a high wage, low tax economy. If that's the case, he has a funny way of showing it," writes bakers' union BFAWU president Ian Hodson.
18 March 2015
Osborne's 20p insult to low paid: A 20p an hour pay rise - so much then for the government's "giveaway" pre-election budget! What an insult to the lowest paid - a paltry rise in the minimum wage from £6.50 to £6.70 an hour, by next October.
3 December 2014
A day in the life: I worked at a bar in a major airport. It reminded me of my early school days. Collecting a green pass, the badge of responsibility at work, took about three months
19 November 2014
Pay workers a living wage! That is the urgent demand in the fight against the relentless driving down of living standards in Britain's low-wage economy
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