07/12/2013 - Are you paid a Living Wage?
Text from “Are you paid a Living Wage?” flyer distributed in Burgess Hill Town Centre
Are you paid a Living Wage?
The Living Wage is based on the amount an individual needs to earn to cover the basic costs of living:
Living Wage UK £7.65 per hour
Living Wage London £8.80 per hour
Statutory Minimum Wage £6.31 per hour
4.8 million people, 20% of employees, are paid below the living wage, which is calculated by the Greater London Authority for people in London, and the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University for the rest of the country, according to the basic cost of living in the UK.
Does your employer support the Living Wage?
- Many employees in our large supermarkets, fast food outlets and household name stores are paid the minimum wage, which is laid down by Parliament.
- The current minimum wage is not a living wage; nearly everyone on it has to claim tax credits to be able to make ends meet.
- Those tax credits are funded by the taxpayer, by you and me, while companies continue to make their high profits rather than pay a living wage.
- We are all subsidising poverty pay and the profits of big companies.
Could you…Should you…work for less than a Living Wage?
Together we can make a difference!
In May last year we successfully gained two Labour seats on the Burgess Hill Town Council - our first Town Councillors elected in over thirty years, and we are making our voices heard.
The Labour Party was founded to look after the interests of working people. We believe that we are stronger as a society working together rather than scrambling over one another as individuals.
We all currently face attacks on all sides from the Coalition Government:
- They are determined to have a low wage economy with few workers’ rights.
- They will privatise all public services to provide profits for their backers
- £30 billion of the NHS budget will be creamed off as profit.
- They will even look to privatise education.