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Real Wages Fall Yet Again

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

 

Families are struggling because the Government and greedy employers either don't care or like the system the way it is.

GMB has called for action after new statistics show average wages have fallen once again.

According to ONS figures, the value of earnings fell by 0.5% in the three months to June. [1]

They previously fell 0.6% in the three months prior to that.

GMB calls on the Government to step in and implement a real living wage and an end to the public sector pay cap.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said:

“Yet again, the Government's own statistics show that pay is falling in real terms.

“People are going to work, doing their best to get by and get on but their wages are having to stretch further and further.

“This isn't just a set of statistics, behind the numbers are real people and families who are struggling because the Government and greedy employers at best don't care - and at worse like the system the way it is.

“It does not have to be this way. A real living wage, an end to the public sector pay cap and ending the abuse of agency and zero hours contracts would make a difference to millions of people.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors

[1] From today’s ONS report: "Real average weekly earnings fell by 0.5% in the 3 months to June 2017, both excluding and including bonuses as consumer price inflation continued to outpace growth in wages."

https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/articles/labourmarketeconomiccommentary/august2017

https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/articles/supplementaryanalysisofaverageweeklyearnings/august2017

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