Osborne’s “Living Wage” Scam – Demand £10/Hour Now!

Osborne’s “Living Wage” Scam – Demand £10/Hour Now!

By Michael McVey

There has been a lot of hype in the media about the new “National Living Wage” ever since its announcement in July of last year. As of the 1st April 2016, employers will have to pay workers who are 25 or older a minimum wage of £7.20/hour. However, the current minimum wages still apply to those workers under 25, who will slip farther behind and become a super-exploited supply of cheap labour. We’ve all seen the advert on television where they gloss up this increase and make it seem like they’re doing us such a huge favour, giving us a whole 50p more but it’s far too little, far too late.Apr Page 2 Living Wage

Frankly, it’s just insulting. This pathetic excuse of a “living wage” falls far short of the £8.25/hour that is called for by the Living Wage Foundation. Yet even £8.25/hour falls short of what a real living wage should be. We need a minimum wage of at least £10/hour in order to live any decent kind of lifestyle. This same view is also held by the Trade Union Congress who voted unanimously in September 2014 to demand £10/hour.

£10/hour is nothing compared to the wages of the average CEO or of the very same politicians who claim to have our best interests at heart. There has been a growing movement in the United States calling for a $15 (£10.60) minimum wage and they have made many victories in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Socialist Alternative – our US sister organisation – has been to the fore in this movement, This only goes to show that it is possible to win £10/hour if we organise and stand up for our rights. Let’s stand up and take what is rightfully ours; a real living wage!

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