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Britain is ‘indebted to minimum wage heroes’, says TUC

Commenting on the new national minimum wage rates which come into force today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: 

“Britain is indebted to its army of minimum wage heroes. Many – including care workers and supermarket staff – are currently on the frontline of the battle against coronavirus. They deserve every penny of this increase, and more. 

“The best way to show our respect is to get the minimum wage up to a real living wage as soon as possible. 

“Millions of low-paid workers are struggling to make ends meet. That’s not right during a pandemic – or at any time.” 

Editors Note

  • The new NMW rates that apply from today (Wednesday 1 April 2020) are:
 

April 2019 

April 2020 

Age 25 and above 

£8.21 

£8.72 

21-24 

£7.70 

£8.20 

18-20 

£6.15 

£6.45 

16*-17 

£4.35 

£4.55 

Apprentices** 

£3.90 

£4.15 

*16 year olds above school leaving age 

**Apprentices below age 18 and older apprentices in first year of training. Other apprentices are entitled to the relevant age-based minimum wage rate. 

  • The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together more than 5.5 million working people who make up our 48 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living. 

 

Original article link: https://www.tuc.org.uk/news/britain-indebted-minimum-wage-heroes-says-tuc

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