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The Socialist 30 November 2016

Time to fight low pay

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Worst decade for living standards since 1920s

Time to fight low pay

Mitie cleaning workers striking for decent pay on 21 January 2014, photo Neil Cafferky

Mitie cleaning workers striking for decent pay on 21 January 2014, photo Neil Cafferky   (Click to enlarge)

Dave Gorton, Chesterfield Socialist Party

This is the worst decade for living standards since at least World War Two, and probably the 1920s, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) think-tank.

Years of pay freezes, rises in living costs and benefit changes mean family incomes are growing more slowly now than during the immediate post-2008 crash. Millions have never had a decent pay rise.

This is set to continue - unless challenged - with the IFS predicting workers will earn less in real wages in 2021 than we did in 2008. The biggest losers will be lower-income families.

Real average earnings - which include rising inflation - are forecast to rise by less than 5% over the next five years. Even that is a full 3.7% lower than was projected in March. The chancellor claims the government is preparing for a "rainy day". For vast numbers it's already pouring down. For young workers in particular, it's reaching flood levels.

Not everyone suffers. Recent Trade Union Congress research shows the average corporate FTSE 100 chief executive is paid 123 times the average full-time salary. Directors' pay rose 47% between 2010 and 2015.

Unions need to do more than research. Claiming workers are more interested in jobs than pay only means some union leaders are admitting failure in their ability to campaign for both.

Pay rises aren't handed out by benevolent employers or governments; they are fought for. Newly organised sections of workers such as 'gig economy' couriers demonstrate workers will fight if they see a chance of winning.

This government is weak. Now is the time to fight. Unionise the unorganised sections of the workforce; build for coordinated industrial action; fight for a 10 an hour minimum wage with no exemptions.


In this issue


Castro dies

Fight for workers' democracy in Cuba


Socialist Party news and analysis

Time to fight low pay

Hands off our NHS!

Hunger strikes, suicides - end detention now

Women bear 85% of benefit cuts

Fight to make letting agent fee ban reality

Hospital admissions for malnutrition rise threefold

Them & Us: Autumn Statement special!

What We Saw


What we think

Brexit spin: demand a real workers' exit


Housing crisis

The housing crisis - a toxic issue for the Tories

Homelessness - capitalism is destroying people's lives

Fight the cuts - victims of domestic abuse depend on it


Workplace news and analysis

London Crossrail workers walk out

Durham teaching assistants determined to win

Strike action across London and South East rail network

Protest to demand pay rise for Sheffield

Young workers in Leeds socialise and mobilise at Unison young workers gig


The fight in Labour

Support the campaign to readmit expelled trade union militants

Conference to debate TUSC's role now and the 2017 elections

Labour Party branch votes for reselection

Southampton Labour councillors vote through more cuts


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Sheffield for sale!

Hands off HRI charts way forward

Reclaim the Night solidarity march

Repeal the 8th protest for abortion rights

Leicester playground protest


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

Readmit expelled socialists: a proven record of fighting back

The Socialist Inbox


International socialist news and analysis

Spain: militant struggle by Students Union succeeds


 

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