"This paints a picture of modern capitalism which is ugly and exploitative"


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.



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