United Kingdom -Unite wants higher minimum wage -September 25, 2014

Trade union Unite has stated that the minimum wage should be increased immediately to £7.81 an hour, arguing it would boost the economy as well as lift millions of low paid workers out of poverty. Unite said a £1.50 increase from the current hourly rate of £6.31 was affordable.

Trade union Unite has stated that the minimum wage should be increased immediately to £7.81 an hour, arguing it would boost the economy as well as lift millions of low paid workers out of poverty. Unite said a £1.50 increase from the current hourly rate of £6.31 was affordable because it would generate an estimated £2.1bn in revenues for the public purse and create at least 30,000 jobs. About 4.6m low-paid workers would benefit, making them better off by an average of £1,400 a year, according to an independent report commissioned by the union.

English: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/sep/25/minimum-wage ...   

 

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