Source: Labour List UK
A group of 30 Labour MPs have written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak today to urge the government to set a minimum wage floor within the coronavirus job support schemes being offered.
The Labour left signatories of the letter organised by Richard Burgon are calling on the Chancellor to ensure that no worker in the UK is paid less than the minimum wage during the pandemic.
The ‘national living wage’ – for those aged 25 and over – is supposed to be £8.72 an hour, the national minimum wage for those aged between 21 and 25 is £8.20 and for those aged 18 to 20 is £6.45 an hour.
But under Sunak’s new local furlough scheme being implemented from November, minimum wage workers can be paid just two thirds of the minimum rates if their workplaces are forced to shut.
The so-called ‘national living wage’ available to workers aged 25 and over can be paid as low as £5.81 per hour, equivalent to the minimum wage level of 11 years ago, as Burgon recently pointed out in the Commons.