Unite Calls For Bold Move On National Minimum Wage

Unite negotiators attending a meeting today with the Low Pay Commission urged the Commissioners to make a bold move and recommend that the Government increases the Minimum Wage by £1 to £7.31 from October 2014. The Unite team argued that such a move was affordable and would help tackle the cost of living crisis as well as moving the minimum rate closer to a Living Wage. It was also argued that the full rate should apply to those over 18 rather than those over 21.

Evidence was again presented supporting our call for a clampdown on Housekeeping Agencies which pay by the room instead of the hour and engage in bogus self employment practices to avoid their minimum wage obligations to staff.