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Paul Sellers's Articles

Record employment and profits bode well for minimum wage increase

18 Aug 2016, by in Labour market

Some employers have been lobbying the government to slow down or stall its minimum wage target for those aged 24 and above. The argument made is that post-referendum economic uncertainty will make the target impossible to meet. This is palpable nonsense.  First, the Low Pay Commission (LPC) is currently considering the rates that will apply from April 2017 to March 2018.…


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#Budget2016 ignores housing crisis

16 Mar 2016, by in Society & Welfare

Sadly although Chancellor Osborne once again asserted that his party were “the builders”, today’s budget largely ignored the housing crisis. The best that can be said is that there was a commitment of £115 million to help the homeless and rough sleepers, who must be the highest priority. However, there was nothing else to address the UK housing…


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Unpaid overtime can’t be a blank cheque, says TUC

26 Feb 2016, by in Working Life

UK employees worked £35.1 billion worth of unpaid overtime last year, with 5.1 million employees putting in an extra 7.7 hours per week the TUC reports today for the twelfth annual Work Your Proper Hours Day. I can reveal that  there was some slightly better news, since the percentage of employees working  unpaid overtime has not kept…


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Why we need the Working Time Directive strengthened

26 Jan 2016, by in Working Life

Construction worker David Brown has won his case against his former employer after he was forced to work unacceptable hours. According to a report in Planning and Business Control Today: “Brown said he had raised concerns with his bosses on several different occasions, yet nothing was done to reduce his hours. Between June and October…


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