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Screen_Shot_2015-04-26_at_09.52.26.pngThis week I took part in the Decision Made: Cardiff debate on Made in Cardiff TV. I debated the important issues of the election with 5 candidates from other parties.

You can watch all three parts of the debate on the Made in Cardiff TV website. Just click on 'Current Affairs'.

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Decision Made: Cardiff Debate

This week I took part in the Decision Made: Cardiff debate on Made in Cardiff TV. I debated the important issues of the election with 5 candidates from other parties....

Labour will raise the minimum wage

We will increase the National Minimum Wage to £8 per hour by 2020. That's a pay rise of £3000 a year for a full-time worker. We'll also give incentives to employers that commit to paying the Living Wage. 

Five and ten pound notes

Alongside raising wages, a Labour government will ban exploitative zero-hours contracts. These contracts are used simply to avoid employment law and rights, just like tax avoidance. Low pay and insecurity at work are the root cause of much of the inequality in our country, leading to education and health inequality, housing and debt problems.

I know from my experience as a company director that you can run a successful business and value employees with fair contracts and fair pay. Zero hours contracts are exploitative, unnecessary and we need to get rid of them.

This avoidance of employment law is unfair and unacceptable. I've always believed in a fair day's pay for a fair day's work. I know from my experience as a company director that it is possible to run a successful business and value employees with fair contracts and fair pay. It's important that we outlaw this practice and prevent people from being trapped on zero hours contracts.

Labour will guarantee young people a job or training

Labour's Jobs Guarantee will mean there's always a job or training opportunity for young people. It's really important that young people have the opportunity to earn a living, and get a foot on the career ladder. We'll make sure every young person out of work for 12 months or more is guaranteed a paid starter job.

If you want to find out more about Labour's pledges on fair pay and workplace policy, or about me and my campaign, get in touch here.

 

Image by Howard Lake on Flickr (Creative Commons).

Labour: Tackling Low Pay

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The Labour party will create a million green jobs

We'll do this by investing in low-carbon industries, and providing support to small and medium green businesses seeking to grow. We'll make Britain the most attractive place in the world to invest in low-carbon technologies.

wind farm on a hill

The Labour party is backed by green business

Britain's leading green energy company Ecotricity has donated £250,000 towards Labour's election campaign.

In a press release, Ecotricity's founder Dale Vince said:

"We're putting our money where our heart is - we've watched the coalition government systematically undermine not just the renewable energy industry in Britain but the whole green economy."

"This election presents a clear choice between two very different kinds of government with two different visions of Britain. The vision we support is of a green Britain with a strong green economy."

Although they've donated to the Greens in the past, I'm really pleased that donated to Labour's 2015 election campaign. I am a supporter of green energy, and I know that the next Labour government will commit to green policies which preserve the planet for future generations. 

I don't like negative campaigning any more than you do, but it is worth a reminder at this point that David Cameron earnestly expressed his support for green issues in the 2010 campaign and as soon as he was elected returned to calling it 'that green crap'. Labour can and will do better than that!

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If you have any questions about Labour's green policy, me, or my campaign, get in touch.

 

Image by Graeme Maclean on Flickr (Creative Commons).

Labour: Backed by Green Business

The Labour party will create a million green jobs We'll do this by investing in low-carbon industries, and providing support to small and medium green businesses seeking to grow. We'll...

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