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Minimum wage increase must be backed by pay bargaining and job security rights, says TUC

Commenting on research published today (Thursday) by the Resolution Foundation, which finds that just over three million workers will have a direct pay improvement from the new minimum wage supplement, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“The TUC has long argued that Britain needs a pay rise, and the new supplement to the minimum wage is a welcome step forward. But despite the pay gains, many of the lowest paid workers will still be left poorer overall because of steep cuts to their tax credits.

“Ministers have a lot more to do to make sure that Britain has a decent pay, decent jobs economy. Workers need stronger rights to collective pay bargaining, and the government must get tougher on exploitative zero-hours contracts. This will help ensure a stronger and fairer recovery that works for everyone.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

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