Anneliese today praised the TUC’s Fair Pay Fortnight initiative for raising awareness of the pernicious effects of the cost of living crisis.
Under the Conservative-led coalition government, pay for workers has fallen: earnings are £2,500 a year less, on average, than they were in 2010.
Anneliese said “I’m really glad the TUC are using this fortnight to campaign for better pay for workers. Labour controlled councils across the South East are already paying the living wage or higher to their staff, and I call on other councils, businesses and employers to do the same. Higher wages are not just good for individual families, but also for the economy. Wage stagnation has cost the government £33bn as less income tax and national insurance was collected than predicted. People should not have to work for poverty pay, which is why the next Labour government will raise the minimum wage to £8 an hour by the end of the next parliament.”