The scandal of zero-hours Britain – and it’s getting worse

Adel and Wharfedale Branch member Megan Davies recently posted the article below on Left Futures. We thought you might want to read it. Ever since Tories won power in 2010, many have commented on the parallels between the dire inequalities of the present day and those of Victorian Britain. Never has this observation been as … Continue reading The scandal of zero-hours Britain – and it’s getting worse

A below inflation increase in the minimum wage? Better than nothing, but we can do better.

Leeds North West Constituency

Often I’m asked as a Labour Party supporter and campaigner which of Labour’s achievements I am most proud. Sometimes I struggle with this question simply from the vast number of achievements. Is it the improvements in the NHS, which saw my mum’s breast cancer treated so soon after diagnosis? Was it the increase of 14,000 police over the 13 years, cutting crime by 32%? Or our proud record on LGBT rights, which I saw most vividly when my sister had her Civil Partnership ceremony 3 years ago? These are but a few, but the one which I believe we all can agree on is the introduction of the minimum wage.

It was a shining example of the unions and the Labour Party working together to produce something so tangible and progressive to so many working people.

Today it was announced that minimum wage would be rising to £6.31 for adults…

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Living Wage – a great campaign

The campaign for a living wage is one of the more exciting recent developments. Not only is it manifestly just, it offers a real alternative to the government's welfare reforms. It will minimise the need for benefit payments, the bulk of which go to people in work. You can read more detail on the Living … Continue reading Living Wage – a great campaign

Local Party member, Megan Davies, on the minimum wage

Read what one of Adel and Wharfedale's members Megan Davies has written about the minimum wage.Minimum wage: a matter of age?Today, the national minimum wage for workers over the age of 21 rose by 11p, to £6.19 an hour: a rise of 1.8%. To put that into perspective, the cost of living rose by 3.6% … Continue reading Local Party member, Megan Davies, on the minimum wage