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National Minimum Wage should be raised to £10 per hour to provide workers with an adequate level of income from a full-time job to enable them to pay the bills and to have a reasonable standard of living says GMB London.
GMB calls on the 806,000 workers in London earning less than £10 per hour to vote for Labour’s promise to raise the minimum wage to the level of the Living Wage, expected to be £10 per hour by 2020.
A GMB study released today shows that there are over 9.3m jobs in the United Kingdom that pay under £10 per hour. In London there are 806,000 jobs paying under £10 per hour.
The area in the region with the largest number of jobs paying under £10 per hour is Brent with 46,200. Next is Newham with 43,600, Ealing with 41,100, Croydon with 38,300 and Barnet with 34,500.
Set out in the table below are the number of jobs in London by borough paying under £10 per hour.
|Number of jobs under £10 per hour|
|22||Barking and Dagenham||22,200|
|26||Kingston upon Thames||14,700|
|30||Hammersmith and Fulham||10,500|
|31||Richmond upon Thames||9,800|
|32||Kensington and Chelsea||8,000|
Warren Kenny, GMB London region secretary, said: “It has been GMB congress policy since 2014 that the National Minimum Wage should be raised to £10 per hour to provide workers with an adequate level of income from a full-time job to enable them to pay the bills and to have a reasonable standard of living.
“The current system of having tax credits to subsidise employers paying low wages is very costly to tax payers and in the long run it is not necessary. Employers should be encouraged to develop effective systems of work and to improve productivity to enable them to pay a minimum of £10 per hour without subsidies from the tax payer.
“The Labour Party election manifesto pledges to raise the minimum wage to the level of the Living Wage for all workers aged 18 or over so that work pays.
“GMB call on the electorate in London to support this policy which will be good for the long term future of the UK economy.”