Unions back JRF report on scandal of in-work poverty

By staff writers
December 9, 2016

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has backed findings of a Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) report published this week, which shows one in eight workers in the UK now live in poverty.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:“A fair day’s work should mean a fair day’s pay. But wages are simply too low, and millions are struggling to afford the basics, even when they’re working hard.

“After the financial crisis, UK wages fell further than in any other developed country except Greece.

"It’s time for employers to give their staff fair pay and decent hours, while the government should lift the public sector pay cap and invest in our economy.

“And I’d encourage all working people to join a union. Unions can negotiate with employers to win better pay – union members in the private sector earn eight per cent more on average,” Ms O'Grady concluded.

The figure of eigt per cent higher pay for union members in the private sector is taken from the ONS Trade Union Statistical Bulletin 2015 (p14). Public sector union members earn 16 per cent more.

The figure on UK wage falls since the financial crisis is based on TUC analysis of OECD figures.

* Trades Union Congress

* JRF research reports

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