Workers To Get Minimum Wage Of £8?

30 September 2011

national minimum wage

Are we on the brink of a service industry filled with cheery individuals with diamond teeth?

It could well happen if the unions get their way in their requests to get the national minimum wage upped to £8 an hour.

Unions are pressing for a "living wage" of £8 an hour ahead of an increase in the statutory rate from tomorrow which will see it meander through the £6 barrier for the first time.

If you didn't know (and would like to start checking your wageslip), the adult rate goes up by 15p to £6.08 from Saturday, by 6p to £4.98 for 18- to 20-year-olds, and up by 4p to £3.68 for 16- and 17-year-olds. The apprentice rate goes up by 10p to £2.60.

Okay?

So with that, Unison reckon that they'll be pushing for a further increase which is in line with the rising cost of living.

General secretary Dave Prentis said: "More than 10 years on, the minimum wage has become a valuable safety net for millions of workers. It is a lasting legacy of the trade union and labour movement The rise to £6.08 is a welcome cushion, but with the price of everyday essentials such as food, gas and electricity going up massively, it won't lift enough working people out of the poverty trap.

"We want a more substantial figure and a decent living wage for all - a fair day's pay for a fair day's work, regardless of age. Good employers should be looking at the mounting pressures on their workforce and paying them more than the absolute minimum.

"The Government must be vigilant in enforcing the minimum wage - those earning the least should not have to suffer the most because of the recession. Without decent pay they will sink further into poverty and the economy will fail to recover."

If this goes through, would we see a more cheery workforce? Or is the answer not an increase in wage, but rather, a lowering of tax and VAT on products?

TOPICS:   High Street News   Banking   Tax

14 comments

  • Dick
    Yeah, let's raise it to £8. Lets also have a one-off overnight inflation of 33%, where everyone else's wages get put up by 33%, along with the price of all food, goods, electric, etc.
  • John
    When i left uni about 3 years ago I went into a job on 14k 42 hours a week, thats £5.40 an hour. I would have loved to get minimum wage of £8 but then I was educated.
  • commy
    it'll just continue to make employers take on several part time staff on 8-10 hr contracts and flex their hours up so they won't have to pay holiday pay at this rate at full time hrs
  • oliverreed
    But that's a picture of seven quid? Allow me http://goo.gl/oesyi
  • Personj
    "When i left uni about 3 years ago I went into a job on 14k 42 hours a week, thats £5.40 an hour." Presumably you had some ulterior motive though? Prospect of advancement or good experience? Also when this stuff like this is written, you should really put what your degree is in. "I would have loved to get minimum wage of £8 but then I was educated." And if they had a minimum wage of £8, hey, you could just work at Tesco for 10 years instead! This is good for all, hope they get it.
  • Sawyer
    Obviously John's degree wasn't in a numerical subject, as £14k a year @ 42 hours a week is £6.40/hour, not £5.40. As much as I think everyone should earn enough to live on, I'm not a fan of the minimum wage. There's a stupid notion that everyone earning minimum wage would be paid less if it didn't exist, which is nonsense. It's not just a safety net, it's an earnings cap for anyone in a unskilled job. Just as supermarkets fix the price of things like milk, the minimum wage gives businesses a government-approved method of fixing the wage of their lower-paid workers instead of competing. Many would be paying higher if left to compete naturally. If businesses want to pay £1/hour, let them. It'll teach them a few things about supply and demand, and - subsequently - peanuts and monkeys.
  • bill
    Tesco stores within the m25 pay £8.01 an hour. Wonder what it'll go up to after this
  • me
    @ Sawyer. What a load of BS. Even nowadays we have people paying less than the minimal wages for dodgy jobs (newsagents, flyers distributors) I even know a couple of people that were paid 10 quid a day plus a sandwich!
  • John
    Haha it was economics at a good uni and I got a 2:1, so uhmm. I now run my own company, but hey.
  • The B.
    "When i left uni about 3 years ago I went into a job on 14k 42 hours a week, thats £5.40 an hour. Haha it was economics at a good uni and I got a 2:1, so uhmm." Maybe you should have done a liberal arts degree then, MaccyD's would have paid minimum wage.
  • bill
    @ John "Haha it was economics at a good uni and I got a 2:1, so uhmm.” Is that because you didn't try? Or because you're stupid?
  • catweazle
    Posted by me I even know a couple of people that were paid 10 quid a day plus a sandwich! Ahhh, but what kind of sandwich was it?
  • akin
    £10 a day is still more than you get on the dole, although you do have to work, but i guess the sandwich evens it out.
  • T
    >>>>Just as supermarkets fix the price of things like milk, Because clearly the supermarkets would fix the price of milk but NEVER the wages of employees... *rolls eyes*

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