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Weymouth And Portland Worst For Wages

Living Wage Protest County Hall 1

Published at 5:04pm 1st April 2014.

Almost one in four of us in Dorset earn less than the Living Wage according to the TUC.

The worse hit area is Weymouth and Portland according to figures from the House of Commons Library, where 28.8% of workers earn less then £7.65 an hour.

In West Dorset it's 20.8%.

The figures have been released to coincide with the 15th Anniversary of the introduction of the minimum wage.

During Fair Pay Fortnight the TUC are asking workers to back their calls to MP's to get all political parties to put pay at the top of their agendas in the run up to the General Election.

Nigel Costley, Regional Secretary of the South West TUC, said: "Extending the Living Wage is a vital way of tackling the growing problem of in-work poverty across Britain.

"Working families are experiencing the biggest pressure on their living standards since Victorian times. Pay has been squeezed at all levels below the boardroom and it's costing the South West's economy dear.

"The number of Living Wage employers is growing rapidly and unions are playing their part in encouraging more employers to sign up and pay it - but government must show equal initiative. We need to see a far greater commitment to pay the living wage from government and employers, and modern wages councils which could set higher minimum rates in industries where employers can afford to pay their staff more."


And protests are being held across the UK today over council workers' pay.

They're to mark the 15th anniversary of the introduction of the national minimum wage,

Union Unison claims salaries among local government staff have fallen 18 per cent in real terms since then.

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