July 11, 2017

My Question on the Lack of Minimum Wage Prosecutions in Wales

Today the Matthew Taylor Review of modern working practices was released. It focuses primarily on the gig economy and the flexibility the government says is required in the ‘modern’ labour market. The report was commissioned by the Tory Government and in my view is a wasted opportunity to address the serious issues of exploitation of workers and lack of legal rights in …

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December 11, 2015

Call for a Debate on Exploitative Work Practices and the Failure of National Minimum Wage

On 10th December 2015 I called on Leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling to have a debate in Government time on exploitative work practices and the failure of national minimum wage enforcement. This was prompted by a recent exposé by the Guardian on the exploitative work practices in Sports Direct. Warehouse staff at the group, which is controlled by Britain’s …

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April 24, 2015

Labour: Tackling Low Pay

Labour will raise the minimum wage We will increase the National Minimum Wage to £8 per hour by 2020. That’s a pay rise of £3000 a year for a full-time worker. We’ll also give incentives to employers that commit to paying the Living Wage.  Alongside raising wages, a Labour government will ban exploitative zero-hours contracts. These contracts are used simply …

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May 19, 2014

Labour Will Strengthen the Minimum Wage to Help Those on Low Pay Cope with the Cost of Living Crisis

The National Minimum Wage was one of the last Labour government’s proudest achievements. This boosted pay for millions of people without leading to a loss of jobs and now I can’t imagine a Britain without it. But the issues we face today are different to those we faced at the end of the last century. The minimum wage was originally designed to prevent extreme low …

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May 8, 2014

How Labour’s Cost-of-Living Contract Will Work for Wales

Labour Leader Ed Miliband has pledged to take action on the cost-of-living crisis facing many families, and has set out a contract stating what Labour will do to improve the lives of people across Britain. This week Owen Smith MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, explained how the actions in the contract would put money in the pockets of …

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