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From The Socialist newspaper, 14 June 2017
Young workers in unions earn 20% more
Unionised workers - especially young people and women - earn more on average than their non-unionised counterparts (Click to enlarge)
Tessa Warrington, PCS union rep
Want a pay rise? Join a union. That's the message from recently published government data showing that being in a trade union increases pay for the majority of workers.
In particular, unionised women earn 27% more on average than their non-union counterparts, while membership boosts pay by 20% for workers aged 16-24.
Meanwhile the Tories are still desperately trying to peddle the line that trade unions are no longer relevant! The reality of austerity Britain is that they're more relevant than ever.
Secure jobs with decent pay were only won in the first place by workers organising and fighting for them. The trade union movement still has that power today. The time is not to defend what we have, but to fight for a greater share.
The Trade Union Congress backing for a £10 an hour minimum wage raised the sights of many low-paid workers. It became a central goal in Jeremy Corbyn's manifesto.
The turnout of young people for Corbyn's anti-austerity policies was the take-home message of the general election, but many young workers are not unionised.
The trade union movement must urgently recruit and organise this politicised layer of youth, and show them we don't just have to wait for elections. As a start, the unions should call a mass demonstration against the weak Tory minority government, and for a Corbyn-led, anti-austerity administration.
Workers have the power to change things for ourselves. Let's use it.
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In The Socialist 14 June 2017:
Socialist Party news and analysis
City bosses' £40m bonuses as Number of food banks hits 2,000
Low-paid work till lunch to make rent
Young workers in unions earn 20% more
Corbyn surge beats Trump
General election 2017
May and Tories must go!
Northern Ireland: DUP propping up the Tories
Scotland - SNP loses but Labour could've won more
Wales: Corbyn's left surge refutes right-wing Labour doomsayers
General election: what you thought about it
Corbyn's support increases further during last week of campaign
Rallying in support of Corbyn's policies
Large turnout to hear Jeremy Corbyn
International socialist news and analysis
France - Huge voter abstention belies Macron's 'landslide' election
International news in brief
Socialist Party workplace news
NSSN conference: workers' action to kick out the Tories
GMB conference: angry mood from delegates
Window strikers joined by second plant
Exploited agency workers organise
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
The fight goes on - let's make it a socialist fight to win
Racist EDL humiliated for third time
From Militant to the Socialist Party
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