WELSH LABOUR PRESS RELEASE: 8th December 2014
With five months left until the General Election, Jonathan Ashworth and Gloria de Piero, Labour’s Campaign Deputies, visit Cardiff Central as part of the ‘Labour Express’ tour to highlight the choice available to voters ahead of May 2015.
They will reveal figures which show that in Cardiff Central men earn £1,404 less every year than other men in the UK. The latest data shows that men in Cardiff Central earn an average of £24,960 per annum, while for men across the UK this figure is higher at £26,364.
These stark levels of low pay are worse for women.
The annual average income for women across the UK is only £17,160, but women in Cardiff Central are losing out by £572 a year, with the annual salary in this area being just £16,588.
Speaking before the visit, Jonathan said:
“Cardiff Central is a really exciting and vibrant part of Wales, but unfortunately too many people are affected by low pay.”
“Energy bills are spiralling, childcare costs are up, and we’re facing a cost of living crisis – people can’t afford to carry on with such low levels of pay.”
“That’s why Labour will strengthen the minimum wage. For anyone working 35 hours a week on the minimum wage, that’s a pay rise of £2,730 from Labour. We’ll also end exploitative zero hours contracts and freeze energy bills to 2017.”
Gloria de Piero commented further:
“These figures are really quite shocking. Not only do they show that people in Cardiff Central earn less than people across the UK, but they also reveal a huge pay gap between men and women in Cardiff itself.”
“Low pay in itself is a huge barrier to equality, but it’s even more unfair that it affects women more than it does men. That’s why Labour would work to end the gender pay gap we see both here in Cardiff and across the country.”
Jo Stevens, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Cardiff Central, said:
“We need a Labour Government to fight for better pay here in Cardiff. Under this Tory-Lib Dem Government people in Cardiff are earning less, and only Labour can tackle this cost of living crisis.”
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Notes to editors:
1. Figures obtained from the House of Commons Library show that men earn on average £480 a week in Cardiff Central, which is £27 less than the UK average of £507. Annual figures calculated by multiplying weekly earnings by 52.
2. For women’s pay, further figures from the House of Commons Library show that women earn on average £319 a week in Cardiff Central, £11 less than the UK average of £330 a week. Annual figures calculated by multiplying weekly earnings by 52.
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