TUC joins Europe-wide campaign for higher minimum wage in the UK

10 November 2017

A new report published by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has found that current minimum wage rates fail to lift workers out of poverty in many European countries.

When the UK government policy was announced it was expected to deliver £9 per hour by the end of the decade. But low earnings growth means that on current trends the minimum wage will rise to just £8.40 by 2020. Instead, the TUC argues that the minimum wage should rise to £10 as quickly as possible.

The TUC is also concerned that younger workers are getting left further behind, since the full adult “national living wage” only applies to those aged 25 and above.

The TUC wants to see:

  • The Low Pay Commission go beyond the government’s target of 60% of median earnings and get the minimum wage rate to £10 as quickly as possible.

  • Young workers (21-24 year olds) should be paid the full minimum rate (currently £7.50 an hour).

  • The apprentice rate (£3.50 an hour) should be raised to the level of the young workers rate (£4.05 an hour).

  • The apprentice rate should only apply to those undertaking intermediate level apprentices who are aged 16-18 and to 19-20 year olds in the first year of their apprenticeship. Other apprentices should receive the standard rate for their age group.

 

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