United Kingdom -Living wage campaign boosts workers‘ pay -January 6, 2012

A report by Queen Mary College, University of London estimates that low paid workers have seen their pay increase by UKP 33 million (€40 million ) since 2010 as a result of a successful campaign to get employers sign up to a living wage. A number of major private and public sector employers in London have agreed to apply a UKP8.30 (€10.00) an hour minimum wage instead of the current UKP6.08 (€7.40) National Minimum Wage rate for adults. The researchers claim that a growing number of employers is recognising the benefits of this in terms of increased productivity and lower turnover rates. Nevertheless, employers’ association CBI sticks to the viewpoint that a widespread living wage policy in an economic downturn would be irresponsible.

English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/453
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-penny-finally-drops ...


This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl or the communications officer of the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2012.

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