‘SHOCK HORROR’…Poverty Minimum Wage doesn’t work! – Time to Fight for a £10 an Hour Minimum Wage!
By Mark Best – Coventry West Socialist Party
The head of the Low Pay Commission George Bain which introduced the minimum wage 15 years ago, has slammed the current system which leaves many workers paid very little.
Recent research by a thinktank he heads has found that there are 1.2 million workers paid the minimum wage and 1.4 million on top of that that earn less than 50p an hour more. The situation for many workers today sees them entering a job sector on a minimum wage with no prospects of improving their lot. Paying the bare minimum is seen by employers as acceptable as, “everyone else is doing it.”
The issue of low pay is so severe that even George Osborne is considering raising the minimum wage to £7 an hour. Labour politicians speak of a living wage a bit higher than this. However this ‘living’ wage includes benefits eligible because someone is on a low income. A fight is needed to introduce a proper living wage, one that the government doesn’t have to subsidise big businesses for not paying workers enough and one that gives working people a decent standard of living.
Employers paying workers a pittance comes at the same time as zero hours contracts become widespread. An estimated 6.5 million people are on contracts which offer them little guaranteed work and pay. People are left in the situation where there they don’t have guaranteed money to pay rent, buy food etc, even though they’re supposedly have a job.
We require a fightback, to create decent jobs for young people facing mass unemployment, to end zero hours contracts & for a £10 minimum wage as the first step. We need a Socialist system that provides for needs the many, not one that lavishes the few. A society owned and democratically planned by the millions of ordinary people not the bosses!
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