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9 September 2020

Callous Tories threaten not to uprate the minimum wage

'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

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15 January 2020

Low Pay, Long Hours. Bosses rip us off. Organise the fightback now!

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!

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8 January 2020

Tory minimum wage hike not enough

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.

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27 November 2019

Minimum wage debate

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.

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6 November 2019

Minimum wage debate: what should we be demanding?

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.

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23 October 2019

Minimum wage: What should we be demanding?

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

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17 April 2019

20 years of the minimum wage: Fight for a real living wage for every worker

The minimum wage was one of the very few pro-worker steps taken by a right-wing Labour government

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22 February 2017

Argos fails to pay staff minimum wage - taxman cuts fine in half!

Retail giant Argos has recently been caught red-handed paying 37,000 workers less than the national minimum wage.

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8 June 2016

Exploitation Britain: Unionise and fight for a living wage

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

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2 April 2016

Needed: a real living wage - not Cameron's sops

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.

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23 March 2016

'Living wage' lie: fight for 10 now!

On April Fools' Day the Tories will implement the sick joke of a National 'Living' Wage of 7.20 an hour

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20 January 2016

Civil service: 1bn on consultants

A National Audit Office report contains further proof that austerity is working out fine for the bosses, writes Dave Semple

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4 November 2015

10 an hour now!

The Trades Union Congress reports that nearly six million workers in the UK earn less than the voluntary 'living wage'.

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23 September 2015

Fight for a real living wage for all!

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.

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9 September 2015

Tories allow bosses to keep exploiting workers at below the minimum wage

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.

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8 July 2015

Stop hammering low-paid - 10 an hour now!

"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.

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Helen Pattison argues for a minimum 10 an hour wage, photo Paul Mattsson

18 March 2015

Fight for 10 an hour now!

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.

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3 December 2014

Zero-hour contracts: Demeaning rules and poverty pay

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

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19 November 2014

Rotten to the Greencore

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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