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Labour: Tackling Low Pay

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.

 

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