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Paul Sellers's Articles

Living Wage increase welcome – now pick up the pace

02 Nov 2015, by in Labour market

New Living Wage rates of £9.40 in London and £8.25 were announced this morning. just over 2,000 employers have signed up for this voluntary pay standard – double last year’s total. Accredited Living Wage employers have until April 2016 to put the new rates into effect. At a launch event at the law firm Linklaters this morning the Mayor of London …

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New Living Wage figures show recovery not shared fairly

12 Oct 2015, by in Labour market

Low wages are on the increase, the Office of National Statistics reported today.  The number of employees outside London  paid below the living wage has risen by 2 percentage points since 2012, Reaching 23% by 2014.  The increase in London has been much sharper though, with the latest figures showing 19% of employees living in the capital paid below than the Living Wage (April…

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“National Living Wage” – business can cope

21 Sep 2015, by in Labour market

The TUC had mixed feelings about the new higher National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for workers aged 25 and above announced in the July Budget.  This will effectively create a new NMW band for older adults – £7.20 from April 2016, rising to more than £9.00 by 2020. We were of course pleased that many workers would get a…

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Strikes at historic low level

16 Jul 2015, by in Working Life

The ONS has today published a new report on industrial disputes. This confirms that they are at a historically low level. Ironically this comes one day after the government published plans to legislate to squeeze strikes. In fact, in the current decade less than a tenth as many days are being lost to stoppages as were in the 1980s. Indeed,…

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More Right to Buy – what will go wrong

27 May 2015, by in Society & Welfare

Right to Buy likely to go wrong Worryingly the Queen’s Speech confirms that there will be a bill to extend the Right to Buy to tenants in Housing Associations.  The TUC opposes this measure on two grounds; that the funding model of housing associations would be seriously damaged by such a change; and that we do not believe sufficient…

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What’s happening to pay?

15 May 2015, by in Labour market

Bringing back to real pay growth is a necessary condition for achieving sustained and balanced economic growth that gives people at work both a fair reward and the spending power necessary to keep business growing.  CPI inflation is currently at zero, which at least gives some employees a temporary respite, although below-target inflation is the sign of a…

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