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Reduction In Wages For Dorset Workers


8:12am 4th September 2013

Workers in Dorset are losing money due to falling wages according to the TUC.

Their figures show that since 2007 there's been a 2.8% drop in average hourly pay.

Nigel Costley, regional secretary of the South West TUC, said: "Across Dorset, families are still really struggling to make their money go far enough - and are often having to go into debt - as they experience a huge squeeze on their household incomes.

"With real wages still falling, most people are being forced to use their credit cards or their dwindling savings if they need to purchase anything beyond the most everyday of items.

"Workers' real hourly pay rates have taken a hit over the past five years because wages have failed to keep up with inflation. But this fall is also a result of the worrying increase in insecure and short-hours employment.

"And in many cases when people have lost their jobs, and are fortunate enough to find work, they are forced to take jobs with fewer hours and on lower rates of pay. This is not the way to build a strong economy - the UK needs far more better jobs on much better rates of pay.

The South West TUC is campaigning for Britain to have a pay rise. It would like to see:

-    a properly enforced minimum wage
-    higher minimum wages for employers who can afford to pay more
-    increased commitment to the Living Wage
-    a crackdown on excessive executive pay

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