Responding to the publication today (Monday) of the Labour Party-commissioned low pay review by Alan Buckle, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“The minimum wage grew from a union campaign to a landmark achievement of the last Labour government. Now after years of real wage cuts, we need to see far greater ambition to achieve fair pay.
“Unions have long argued that many employers can easily pay more than the legal minimum. This report sets out how government can act to help deliver higher wages in those sectors that can afford to. It’s also right that government uses the £138bn it spends in the private sector to boost take-up of the living wage.
“Alan Buckle’s report shows that fair pay goes hand in hand with running a successful economy. Labour should make this battle against low pay a top priority.”