Living Wage

What's in a Name? When 'Minimum' Is More Accurate Than 'Living' Wage

Baroness Jones | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

The problem is that neither really comes close to the heart of the matter, which is that what the government calls a Living Wage is in fact nothing of the sort.

How Osborne's Fake 'Living Wage' Could Trap Many in Poverty

Dave Prentis | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

Last summer George Osborne stood up in Parliament and said - echoing an argument we've made so many times before - that Britain needs a pay rise. We will hold him to that, because it can't be acceptable to create a system where so many of the young are locked into poverty, where low-paid workers are told they're earning a 'living wage' when they're still unable to make ends meet, and where contractors paid for out of our taxes use government spin to justify low pay for our people.

Exporting Employment Strategies Around the World

Priti Patel | Posted 16.01.2016 | UK Politics
Priti Patel

Our nation's success on creating jobs and getting people into work has not gone unnoticed by the world. That's why we will be leading the way on the O...

Sports Directs' Critics Still Aren't Impressed With Its Latest 'PR Stunt'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK

Under-fire retailer Sports Direct has vowed to pay its employees above the national minimum wage from January 1 - but its critics don't seem to be won...

Where To Shop If You Want The Staff To Have A Merry Christmas Too

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK

If you felt bad ordering for all your Christmas gifts from Amazon last year, this list is for you. These nine retailers, selling everything from wi...

Tory Cuts Are Undermining the Right to a Minimum Wage

Emily Thornberry | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Politics
Emily Thornberry

You've probably heard a lot of rhetoric from the Tories about this supposedly "high-wage economy" they're creating. If you have, it might surprise you to hear that there are almost a quarter of a million working people in the UK getting paid less than the legal minimum to which they are entitled. Sports Direct may be just the tip of the iceberg.

Five Charts That Show Who Spends What in the UK

Matthew Whittaker | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
Matthew Whittaker

Today's annual Family Spending release from the Office for National Statistics contains a wealth of useful information - and the ONS has done a good job of presenting much of that data. Below we set out the Resolution Foundation's five key charts that explain just who spent what in 2014.

When a Tory Disagrees With the Conservative Government

Tom Morgan | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Morgan

It's tough to be a young person in a world of unpaid internships, zero-hour contracts and 50p pints, but it'd be a whole lot easier if government criticism didn't add itself to the list of woes.

Putting Value Back Into Price

Harriet Lamb | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

We need our prices to reflect the value of what things actually cost to produce. Coffee quality control at COMSA cooperative, © Santiago Engelhardt....

The Government Has No Claim to Being the Voice of Working People - It Is Time for the Union Movement to Show That It Does

Dave Ward | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Politics
Dave Ward

Faced with an attempt to cripple the union movement in this country our members now expect us to act on this... Whether it is with tax credits or the Trade Union Bill, the government has no claim to be the voice of working people - it is time for the union movement to show that it does.

Tesco Says It Might Not Be Able To Pay Staff What Aldi Says It Can

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK

The National Living Wage could prove "lethal" to Tesco, its chief executive has said, despite commitments by other supermarkets, including budget stor...

Equal Pay Day 2015: This Isn't Merely a Product of Economics - It's About Power

Rachael Maskell | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Politics
Rachael Maskell

Women work as hard as men in the workplace and deserve the same recognition for it. They should not be sent a message that their labour is undervalued or worth less than their male counterparts - because it is not - and our pay gap pledge is that we will not give up the fight until this is reflected in pay packets across the country.

Football Fans To Hold Living Wage Protest Before North London Derby

Paul Vale | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK

Arsenal FC is to be protested by its own fans ahead of Sunday's north London derby Against Spurs, with supporters demanding the club pays its staff a ...

We Need the Real Living Wage to Tackle the Low Pay Challenge

Angela Eagle | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Politics
Angela Eagle

Living Wage Week is a time to take stock of the low pay challenge that confronts a growing number of working people in the UK - and think about what more can be done to tackle it. Despite the many living wage victories, the outlook is bleak.... Against this backdrop, we should see George Osborne's 'national living wage' for what it is - an enhanced minimum wage. And while it would be churlish to deny that it will do some good (it was after all a policy that was swiped straight out of Labour's 2015 manifesto), we need to recognise three big flaws in the government's way of going about things that reveal the weakness of its approach to tackling lowpay.

Moving Beyond Pay

Stephen Howard | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Howard

With the Chancellor introducing a new National Living Wage from April 2016 and the revised voluntary Living Wage rates published this week, low pay is firmly placed on the boardroom and political agenda.

The Breakthrough for the Living Wage Is Cause for Celebration, But the Fight Is Far From Over

Owen Smith | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Politics
Owen Smith

This last year there has been much to celebrate, such as the government's partial conversion to the cause and the breakthrough for the Living Wage in parts of the retail sector. The fight is far from over, our objective has not been reached. Many employers, earning big profits, continue to refuse to share fair rewards with their employees, and the smoke and mirrors of the government's phoney Living Wage, only makes it easier for them to hide.

Living Wage For London Workers To Increase By 25p

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK

The Living Wage for London workers is set to increase by 25p to £9.40, Boris Johnson announced on Monday. The new voluntary rate in London is curr...

PMQs Verdict: Corbyn's Getting Better But Cameron's Seen Worse

Lydia Suffield | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lydia Suffield

PMQs today made it pretty clear: Corbyn is starting to employ that headmaster stare. Today, it went from a rather stern warning look to a full-on, narrow-eyed, flashing-gazed glare at the Tory front bench who promptly erupted from muffled laughter to full-on cheers, accompanied by the classic chanting of "Ooooh", which reminded me all too strongly of schooldays seated in front of a well-intentioned but sadly incompetent supply teacher.

Foreign Office Cleaners Protest After 'Losing Jobs' For Asking For Living Wage

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK

A group of cleaners are protesting at the Foreign Office after, they claim, they were disciplined and, in some cases, lost their jobs for asking to be...

Greggs Warns Living Wage Could Hit Pasty Prices

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 25.10.2015 | UK

Greggs bakery warned that they might have to increase the prices of its pasties and sausage rolls due to the new living wage. The popular chain has...

Starbucks Has A Brilliant New Scheme To Help Generation Rent

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK

Starbucks has announced that it will help employees who rent properties to pay their deposits by offering an interest-free loan to cover the cost. ...

Lidl and the Living Wage: A Massive Shift in Britain's High Street

Angus Ritchie | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Politics
Angus Ritchie

Lidl has proven its competitors wrong. It has become a champion for the Living Wage movement and a huge victory for all who have fought long and hard for fair pay.

Lidl Is Doing Something Brilliant For Its Employees

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK

Lidl UK’s CEO has said he is “proud” of his employees as the company becomes the first British supermarket to pay its staff the living wage. ...

When It Comes to the 'National Living Wage' Being Introduced to the World, It's Time for Some Responsible Parenting

Torsten Bell | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Politics
Torsten Bell

Having brought the National Living Wage into this world the Chancellor has set the country the right exam question - to implement it successfully. We know we'll be sitting that exam between today and 2020. Responsible parenting is about doing everything we can as a country to pass.

Shadow Chancellor Calls For £10 Min Wage

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Politics

New Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has unveiled his first policy - a £10 per hour minimum wage. On the day that the Tory government attempts to ...