One in five workers in Ashton, Droylsden and Failsworth earn below Living Wage


ONE in every five workers in Ashton-under-Lyne are paid below the Living Wage of £7.85 an hour, according to the North West TUC.

Angela Rayner is leading a major campaign for both private and public sector employers in her constituency to pay workers the full Living Wage.

The next Labour government plans to increase the National Minimum Wage to £8 an hour by 2020, but Angela is now calling for local employers to adopt the Living Wage of £7.85 an hour immediately.

She says the move would help hard working people who are struggling to make ends meet under Tory austerity.

Both Tameside and Oldham Council are already fully committed to paying the Living Wage.

Angela said: "It is utterly disgraceful that one in five of people working in Ashton, Droylsden and Failworth are paid less than the Living Wage of £7.85 an hour.

"With wage rates so abysmally low, it is no surprise that people in my constituency are struggling to make ends meet. 

"A Labour government will make a good start to tackle in-work poverty by raising the Minimum Wage.

"But we need more employers to follow the lead of our local councils with a commitment to the Living Wage as their contribution to a fairer society.

"The Living Wage produces results - by increasing productivity, lowering absenteeism, and increasing loyalty.

"And it means working people are less reliant on welfare benefits. With the Living Wage, working people are able to make a more productive contribution to growing our economy, at less cost to the taxpayer."

She added: "The North West TUC have shown how Tory austerity is really hitting local people in their pockets. We must join them in campaigning for a Living Wage across the constituency, so working people get the reward they need.

"And for those who say we cannot afford it - we cannot afford bankers bonuses and tax-avoiding millionaires if we are to build a fairer society." 

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