Archive article from The Socialist Issue 394
Brown bashes low-paid workers
LABOUR'S CONTEMPT for low-paid workers was revealed again last week as Gordon Brown called for "wage discipline" in the public sector.
Addressing the Amicus trade union conference, Brown made it clear that any more cash for the public sector will come at the cost of pay and working conditions.
Any illusions that Brown as Labour leader would be any better for workers than Tony Blair, should have been finally laid to rest by this one speech.
Vicky Ingram, a member of UNISON's local government executive and joint secretary of the 12,000-strong Derbyshire UNISON, spoke to the socialist, in a personal capacity:
The scandal of unequal Britain
The GMB union has published figures exposing the huge wage gap in Britain today.
Using official statistics, the union found that top bosses are getting paid over 16 times more than the poorest-paid workers.
The average wage of directors and chief executives of major organisations is £162,000, whilst on a 38-hour week, the minimum wage is only £9,500 a year.
Across the UK, managers and senior officials get 272% of the pay of people on the lowest grades. In London they get 362%!
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