“THURROCK needs a pay rise” says Labour candidate Polly Billington in response to statistics showing the number of people being paid less than the living wage has increased in Thurrock.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics shows an increase in number of people in Thurrock being paid less than the living wage from April 2013 to 2014. The Living Wage Foundation has set the Living Wage rate at Â£7.65. The percentage of full time workers paid less than Â£7.65 an hour increased from 12% to 16%. While the percentage of part-time workers paid less than the Living Wage remained in the high forties.
Polly slammed the current government for its failure to tackle poor pay, she said “The increase in the number of people paid less than Â£7.65 an hour shows that this government has let down working people. Labour will offer tax rebates for businesses that sign up to paying the Living Wage in the first year of a Labour government.”
Meanwhile, across the East of England there has been a 20% increase in the number of people whose primary employment was a zero hours contract from October 2013 to 2014.
Polly went on to say “People can’t plan for the future when they’re on low pay and don’t know how many hours they will be working. Voters have a clear choice this election. A Labour government will raise the minimum wage to Â£8 an hour and ban exploitative zero hours contracts. If you work regular hours then you should be entitled to a regular contract. A Tory government propped up by UKIP would not tackle this important issue, only Labour will stand up for working people.”