Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/382/4313

From The Socialist newspaper, 26 February 2005

Fight low pay

We demand a living wage for all workers, regardless of age

THE NATIONAL minimum wage, introduced in 1999 at the very low level of 3.60 an hour, has not done anything to eliminate the scandal of poverty pay.

In fact the introduction of a lower rate for 18-21 year olds has driven wages down further. Now they get 75p an hour less than the 'adult' rate of 4.10.

This presents an opportunity too tempting for some bosses to pass up. Whereas many of the big supermarkets pay the adult rate from 18, firms like McDonalds, Burger King, KFC and Dixons all pay lower wages to those under 21.

Shop workers' union USDAW have exposed this scandal and have produced figures to show a doubling of the number of 18-21 year-olds earning less than the adult minimum wage. Nearly 16% of young workers are in this position now and USDAW warn this could rise to over 20%.

Chief executives

The bosses haven't been suffering any slow-down in their pay increases though. This week, just one group - NHS chief executives - have been shown to be on over 70% more than they got a decade ago - top earners now receive 200,000 a year.

The increase was 20% higher than the rise in nurses' pay over the same period.

Incomes Data Services looked at the pay of 2,500 NHS chief executives and directors in the year up to last March. Chief executive pay averaged 107,500 in England and 116,000 in Wales. The chief executive of Hammersmith Hospitals earned more than 210,000, the report says.

The report's compilers say the figures show the widening gap between the pay of board members and employees. "As in the private sector, it seems earnings of NHS directors have outpaced the rest of the health workforce."

But as the feature in the centre pages this week shows, it is possible to get organised and fight back against low pay.

We say: End poverty pay, for a legal minimum wage of 8 an hour with no exemptions. For an annual increase in the minimum wage, linked to average earnings.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 26 February 2005:

Hands off our pensions

Pensions - force the government to retreat

Pensions: Our strength can stop this robbery

France: 24-hour general strike in the making

Russian pensioners put pressure on Putin

Fight low pay

Young workers: fight for your rights at work

Lecturers strike over pay

No to fire service cuts

Scottish Socialist Party conference report

Israeli/Palestinian conflict: A road to peace or to further conflict?


 

Home   |   The Socialist 26 February 2005   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Low pay:

triangleAmy Murphy for Usdaw president - vote for a fighting and democratic union

triangleBosses say 217 years to close pay gap - workers' struggle can close it now!

triangleMixed-fleet workers show strikes get results

triangleYoung people being strangled by debts

Pay:

triangleI'm now a 'manager' and I can barely manage!

triangleFighting sexism: Positive discrimination - yea or neigh?

triangleRoyal Mail forced back under threat of action

triangleNHS - build the fightback

NHS:

triangleNorth London Socialist Party: Save our NHS - the lessons of the Barts strike

triangleStop press: victory - campaign saves NHS rehab ward

triangleWe can win the fight for the NHS

Poverty:

triangleOxfam scandal: we need democratic aid and working class solidarity

triangleMajority of kids poor in some areas

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

19/2/18

Walthamstow

Building the campaign against clearances of the working class

16/2/18

Haringey

No fudge with the right wing

15/2/18

TUSC

TUSC statement on sentencing of Derby TUSC agent

14/2/18

Haringey

Haringey protests HDV - but Labour fails to kill it off completely

14/2/18

UCU

Uni strike: coordinate public sector fightback

14/2/18

Cardiff

Enjoyable and successful Cardiff Refugee Rights gig

14/2/18

Carlisle

Carlisle debate - socialism or social democracy?

14/2/18

Firefighters

Staines fire services saved

14/2/18

Surrey

Threat of action defeats pay cut at Surrey council

14/2/18

Woolwich

Woolwich Crossrail walkouts to demand promised bonuses

14/2/18

London

Sadiq Khan's bus drivers' London licence doesn't go far enough

14/2/18

Mansfield

Stop press: victory - campaign saves NHS rehab ward

8/2/18

Newham

Teachers strike again as anti-academy pressure mounts

7/2/18

Unison

Unison national women's conference

7/2/18

Royal Mail

Royal Mail forced back under threat of action

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0191 421 6230

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999