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Unions call for increase in national minimum wage to £6.14 an hour

29 October 2010 by
Unions call for increase in national minimum wage to £6.14 an hour

The TUC will tell the Low Pay Commission (LPC) to recommend raising the adult national minimum wage next year by 21p to £6.14 an hour when the two organisations meet on 1 November.

The TUC will put the case to the LPC, which advises the Government on the minimum wage, that a 3.5% rise is both "sensible and affordable", reports Caterersearch's sister website, Personnel Today.

In its submission to the LPC, the TUC argues that the 21p increase would benefit nearly one million workers and help address the gender pay gap.

The TUC estimates that if the minimum wage were to be increased by 3.5% next October, workers on the minimum wage would be paying £235m more in income tax and national insurance. The increase would also save the Government £125m in tax credits and in-work benefits at a time when public finances are being cut.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "A rise in the minimum wage is needed to ensure that working families are not left in poverty, and most business organisations now agree that an increase of some sort would be affordable.

"It would certainly not be fair to make the low-paid suffer real cuts in their pay when there is no economic necessity to do so, and while city bankers are still getting huge bonuses."

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By Daniel Thomas

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