Barbara celebrated a decade of success for the National Minimum Wage and pledged to back tough Government action to support workers' pay rights.
The minimum wage helps many workers in Salford get a fair wage for a day's work and it now stands at £5.73 for those aged 22 and over. The latest figures show that over 132,000 people in the North West region stand to benefit from the most recent increase in the national minimum wage.
“I’m proud to be that the Labour Government introduced the National Minimum Wage 10 years ago to help make sure workers are treated fairly, whatever the economic climate. Since its introduction, the adult rate of the minimum wage has risen by 59% and around one million people across the UK benefit every time the rate rises.
“Before 1 May the Low Pay Commission has to make recommendations on new national minimum wage rates. I hope they will be able to recommend another rate rise, which is much needed in this tough economic climate.
“I also support the Government’s tough new penalties for employers who underpay their staff, which came into force last week. It’s important that employers caught flouting the law receive a stiff penalty, which is why the most serious cases of non-compliance may now go to trial in a Crown Court.”
Barbara with Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Yvette Cooper