Helen took the opportunity during Living Wage Week to raise her concerns about the "ugly and exploitative" nature in which companies have implemented the National Living Wage.
A supermarket worker in Helen's constituency is just £1.64 a week better off despite the introduction of the National Living Wage in April - whilst at the same time - a family shareholder spent £3.24million on a house in Teesdale - paying almost a quarter of a million over the asking price.
To pay for the rise in the basic hourly rate Sunday workers have lost their Sunday premium of time and a half and their paid breaks are now unpaid.
You can watch Helen's speech here.
Helen’s speech is part of a series of interventions during the course of Living Wage Week 2016.
Labour believes in a full & proper wage for a working day and that’s why we are committing to introducing a statutory REAL Living Wage.
Failed Tory austerity has produced a low-wage, low-investment, high-debt economy in which productivity is stagnating and Labour will end the scourge of low pay by creating a new, independent Living Wage Review Body to recommend an annual real Living Wage rate based on what people need. Independent research has estimated that this is likely to mean a figure in excess of £10 per hour in 2020.
Under the next Labour government, everyone will earn enough to live on.