National Minimum Wage

Part of Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day] — Banking – in the House of Commons at 4:46 pm on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Gavin Shuker Gavin Shuker Shadow Minister (International Development) 4:46 pm, 15th January 2014

From the tone of the Secretary of State’s remarks, it is clear that, following the banking crisis of 2008, this is a deep issue that confronts us as a nation. He is right in his analysis, and many workers have chosen not to push for pay rises in the light of that situation. The challenge facing us, however, is surely one that requires a political response. I disagree slightly with his characterisation of this Government’s policy. What it has resulted in has been clearly demonstrated in 41 of the last 42 months, with people being able to buy less with what they are being paid. If he is saying there will be no change, then Opposition Members will continue to call out for that change.