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Clause 3 — Abolition of starting and savings rates and creation of starting rate for savings

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 9:45 pm on 28th April 2008.

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Photo of Jim Devine Jim Devine Labour, Livingston 9:45 pm, 28th April 2008

My right hon. Friend will remember the mid-1980s, when public sector workers—domestics who had worked in the national health service for five, 10 or 15 years—were sacked and told to bid for their jobs. They bid £2, £1.50, £1.20, £1—and then, "Sold to the lowest bidder!" The Conservative party called it efficiency savings. We called it exploitation of low-paid workers, particularly women.

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