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Thursday, 8 November 2012

National Minimum Wage should rise to a Living Wage - UNISON

UNISON's submission to the Low Pay Commission for 2013/14 on National Minimum Wage rates states that in October 2013 there should be a 'substantial increase to reflect the increased cost of living' and beyond 2013 'the National Minimum Wage should move in stages towards a living wage for all workers' - in current terms this would mean a £1.26 increase in the rate outside of London

Michael Meacher MP reminds us that the current National Minimum Wage rate of £6.19 is way below original union aspirations set at 'half of the male median wage and then progressively raised to two-thirds' - which today would stand at £6.62 rising to £8.82!