United Kingdom -Employers’ spokesperson: too many people in minimum wage jobs -January 01, 2014

The director-general of the CBI, the country’s biggest business lobby group, accuses employers of keeping too many people in minimum wage jobs and failing to pass on prosperity. Companies benefiting from the economic recovery should pay their long-suffering workers more in 2014 said the CBI-head in an unprecedented attack on firms he accuses of keeping ‘far too many people stuck in minimum-wage jobs’. The intervention in the debate on living standards came as the trade union GMB warned that the real value of national average earnings has fallen by 14% since the start of the recession in 2008. Citing data from the Office for National Statistics, the GMB said average pay in 2013 was £27,174, compared with £26,137 in 2008. That emerged as a 13.8% drop in real terms with inflation and the rising cost of living factored in.

English: http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/dec/30/pay-workers-more-cbi-firms


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