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United Kingdom -Enforcement of legal minimum wages -March 01, 2014

The Living Wage Commission that watches over the payment of the statutory minimum wages released the report Working for poverty. The report provides a detailed analysis of the rise of low pay and working poverty, shows that spiralling living costs and stagnating wages at the bottom create a ‘double squeeze’ on the lowest paid. The 5 million people in low paid employment have the smallest budget elasticity, and are therefore hit hardest by rising living costs. The trade union confederation TUC stated that a government’s announcement that came later this month and named and shamed five employers for not paying the minimum wage was a welcome start towards a more transparent enforcement of the legal minimum wage.

English: http://livingwagecommission.org.uk/new-report-from-the-living-wage-commission ...   

http://www.tuc.org.uk/economic-issues/britain-needs-pay-rise/tuc-welcomes-government ...   

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.

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