Labour is making a series of interventions during the course of Living Wage Week 2016.
One of the greatest achievements of the government elected in 1997 was the establishment of a national minimum wage, lifting millions out of poverty. The Tories opposed it, claiming it would cost millions of jobs, but - united in purpose – we won the argument.
Since then, failed Tory austerity has produced a low-wage, low-investment, high-debt economy in which productivity is stagnating.
The Tories’ so-called National Living Wage is not a living wage AT ALL. It is merely a new name for the minimum legal hourly rate of pay. It will not compensate the cuts to Universal Credit & other changes to taxation / benefits and now there are suggestions that the government will not keep to its promise to raise the NLW to 60% of median earnings over this parliament, due to the economic impacts of Brexit.
Under the next Labour government, therefore, everyone in Ealing, Southall will earn enough to live on through the introduction a statutory REAL Living Wage – independent forecasts put this at over £10/hour in 2020.
- Labour’s REAL Living Wage will reflect the cost of living. It is about ensuring what households need to survive & doesn’t take account of possible employment effects.
- Labour’s REAL Living Wage will be an independent economic calculation based on the cost of living and adjusted for inflation.
Moreover, Labour’s REAL Living Wage is just one aspect of our plan to tackle low pay.
Only a Labour Government can deliver the industrial strategy to rebuild and transform Britain – to address wage stagnation, inequality, regional imbalance and provide investment support in those areas hardest hit by long-term economic decline:
Labour is aiming for nothing less than a transformation of the economy so that NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND.