Thursday, September 05, 2013

Living wage

These new hearts
In Thatcherite stone
Will not yield
The small cost
Of social care

These new hearts
In Thatcherite limbo
Will not yield
The cost of living
Only the cost of war

These new hearts
In Thatcherite pride
Will not yield
Unto new slaves
Building their inequity

BBC – The number of UK workers earning below the so-called living wage has risen to 4.8 million, research suggests. The figure, equivalent to 20% of employees, is up from 3.4 million in 2009, the Resolution Foundation think tank said. The living wage is set at £7.45 outside London and £8.55 in the capital.

Labour said too many people were "poorly paid", but ministers said cut taxes on low incomes were helping many people's standard of living.  Although employers are obliged to pay the minimum wage, there is no legal requirement to pay the living wage.