A petition launched to stop workers from being paid less than the national minimum wage through the government’s furlough scheme during the coronavirus pandemic has gathered more than 11,000 signatures.
The appeal, launched by Labour MP Richard Burgon and signed by 11,347 people, warns that the 80% furlough subsidy provided by the government in the Covid crisis has left more than two million people earning less than the legal minimum.
Commenting on the petition, Burgon said: “Hundreds of thousands of people across the country are being pushed further into poverty because the government refuses to make sure no worker on furlough gets less than the minimum wage.
“I’m pleased that over ten thousand people have backed my campaign to fix this problem – but I’m frustrated that it has come to this. People don’t believe that the lowest paid workers should be the ones bearing the cost of our response to this terrible virus.
“It’s called the minimum wage for a reason – the government needs to do the right thing and act to ensure nobody is paid less than it.”