Anna Turley, Labour candidate for Redcar constituency, today (21st September 2014) welcomed Labour’s plan to raise the National Minimum Wage to £8 an hour by the end of next Parliament.
This would mean a rise of £1.50 an hour for Teesside’s lowest paid workers worth £60 a week or £3,000 a year.
Commenting on the pledge Anna said:
“Increasing the National Minimum wage to £8 per hour will ensure that those doing a hard day’s work are rewarded fairly for doing so. It will bring the minimum wage closer to average earnings and will affect thousands of workers across the Redcar constituency.
“Day in, day out I hear from people who are working all the hours they can get, in some cases in more than one job and often with zero hours contracts, who just can't make ends meet. People who are working hard and trying to do the right thing often ask me ‘why they should bother?’
“I am delighted to hear this announcement. It shows Labour’s is on the side of those who are working hard and that a Labour Government won’t just accept a low wage economy; we will raise the national minimum wage and fight for a living wage for all.”