From the TUC

We’re all in it together – does that include bankers?

09 Dec 2010, by in Labour market

Are we really all in it together? As we count down the shopping days until Christmas new figures from ONS show that mean average salaries only increased by 0.2% during the last year, but this national average hides a wide range of real outcomes.

Some people have been hit particularly badly. For example, average salaries for employees in the agricultural sector actually fell by 8.5%. This makes the Government’s plans to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales look absolutely nonsensical, unless their secret plan is to increase rural poverty.

In sharp contrast though, average pay in the banking sector rose by 11.3%, with increases heavily skewed towards those at the top of the industry. Banking bonuses are back with a bang, rising by a cool 43.8% – jeroboams all round!

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  3. The Squeeze
    Dec 11th 2010, 11:26 pm

    Of course we’re not ‘all in it together’! savers are being screwed to bail out borrowers and tenants are being shafted in favour of homeowners (or their landlords).

  4. Tokyo Gaijin
    Dec 12th 2010, 2:39 pm

    Agricultural Wages Board ? just what did they do ?

  5. Tokyo Gaijin
    Dec 12th 2010, 2:42 pm

    apart from intefere with market processes

  6. Tokyo Gaijin
    Dec 12th 2010, 2:42 pm

    to the detriment of the majority

  7. Paul Sellers

    Paul Sellers
    Dec 13th 2010, 10:00 am

    “Interfere with market processes” – oh dear, how sad, never-mind!

    Tokyo Gaijin sounds like a British banker working in Japan (a “Gaijin” is a Japanese expression for a foreign worker がいこくじん ) – i’ll bet that TG has never had to work for £5.93 per hour.