Posts under ‘Poverty/Low Pay’

What’s wrong with striking for £1 an hour when richest 1,000 double wealth by £20bn?

by Michael Meacher.

No-one wants to strike, least of all the strikers who lose wages they can ill afford, but what do you do when public sector workers’ pay has been cut in real terms by 8% in the last 6 years and the employers flatly refuse to offer a very modest pay rise to at least try […]

What today’s strikes are all about

by Andy Newman.

While David Cameron bleets about the alleged lack of a mandate for today’s strike, it should be remembered that the turnout in strike ballots would be a lot higher if the current legal requirements were sensibly adapted to allow, for example, workplace balloting, plus internet and phone voting. In any event GMB members voted 3:1 in […]

July 10 strike: Government picks fight with public sector workers

by John Millington.

This Thursday, one and a half million workers including firefighters, teachers, civil servants and local government staff will exercise their democratic right to strike. On the surface the dispute is over pay and pensions but the strike is being billed as a wider protest against cuts to public services and the detriment caused to service […]

Germans to get ‘amputated’ minimum wage

by Tom Gill.

The German parliament this week approved the country’s first minimum wage but unions and critics on the Left are not much impressed. The wage – backed by a vote in the Bundestag on Thursday – will be set at €8.50 (£6.80) per hour, which is higher than the equivalent in the US and UK. Angela Merkel’s […]

Living Wage would lift millions out of poverty

by Andy Newman.

The Living Wage is a wage rate set to ensure a basic but acceptable standard of living. It is currently set at £8.80 in London and £7.65 across the rest of the UK. Employers can become accredited Living Wage employers via the Living Wage Foundation. At present, five million people in Britain are paid less […]

Punishing young people financially is the Tory way

by Michael Meacher.

The idea of giving young people aged 18-21 guaranteed access to education or training or help to find work is obviously a good one, but why spoil it by proposing that such persons should receive a means-tested ‘youth allowance’ at a rate perhaps even lower that the current job seeker’s allowance (JSA)? JSA is already paid […]

The poor in Britain are among worst-off in Western Europe

by Michael Meacher.

Osborne’s austerity is not only unnecessary and gratuitously cruel in punishing the poor for the sins of ultra-rich bankers, but it has now emerged has hit the poorest in Britain far harder than in any comparable state in the European Union. hat has now been revealed from OECD data is that poor people in the […]

The Coalition’s Last Stand

by Grahame Morris.

Dennis Skinner summed up the country’s mood when he declared the recent Queen’s speech to be the “Coalition’s last stand.” The Government set out their agenda for the next 12 months leading up to the general election. It was a missed opportunity, lacking the ideas, policy and ambition that is required to meet the challenges we face, […]

Why university staff should reject their new pay offer

by Amy Gilligan.

UCU and EIS members in higher education are currently voting in a ballot whether to accept the employer’s “full and final offer” in the pay claim. I’ve voted to reject it, and to continue industrial action as soon as possible. I’d argue others should do the same. The offer, for 2014/15, is a 2 per […]

Hungry Britain or benefit scroungers – your tabloid choice

by Newsdesk.

The Mirror and the Express this morning illustrate the shameful divide in media attitudes to inequality in Britain. The Mirror asks why the sixth richest country in the world with more millionaires than ever has handed out a million food parcels this year. Widespread hunger is not news for the Express. It expresses its outrage […]

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