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TUC urges government to do more to increase wages

The TUC are calling for the government to increase the minimum wage and do more to encourage businesses to pay their staff the living wage.

Geoff Tily, Senior Economist at the TUC said it was time for the government to take decisive action to help working families living in poverty due to low pay.

London wage 'black spots' show worst paid boroughs

Half of workers in Harrow West are currently being paid less than the minimum wage, according to new figures released by the TUC.

The research, based on ONS figures, show a number of pay 'black spots' across the capital.

Of people in Harrow West do not earn the living wage
Of people in Chingford and Woodford Green do not earn the living wage
Of people in Enfield Southgate do not earn the living wage
Of people in Beckenham do not earn the living wage
Of people in Edmonton do not earn the living wage

The London living wage is currently set at £9.15 per hour.


London workers earning less than minimum wage

Almost half of Londoners living in some boroughs earn less than the living wage, according to new figures released by the TUC.

Women are more likely to be paid less than the London living wage. Credit: Reuters.

The London living wage is currently set at £9.15 per hour, compared with £7.85 across the rest of the country.

Nationally, more than five million people earn less than the living wage.

The rate is set by the Living Wage foundation and calculated by the Greater London Authority to cover all boroughs in Greater London.

Inquest into death of Crossrail worker opens

An inquest into the death of a worker who died last year whilst working on the Crossrail project has opened this morning.

René Tkacik, 44, who died on 7 March after he was hit by a section of freshly applied shotcrete at Crossrail’s Fisher Street site.

He died as he sprayed concrete through a hose - known as "shotcreting" - used by Crossrail contractors.

A silent vigil was held outside this morning. Credit: David Standard/Leigh Day.

A silent vigil was held outside the Coroners Court this morning.

Family business loses Spurs stadium court bid

An old family business standing in the way of Spurs' £400 million stadium redevelopment has lost its High Court challenge against a compulsory purchase order being used to force it out.

Credit: Tottenham Hotspur

Archway Sheet Metal Works, in Paxton Road, Tottenham, asked a judge to quash Communities Secretary Eric Pickles' decision to confirm the order on the grounds that it was "unlawful and invalid".

But Mr Justice Dove, who has revealed he is an Aston Villa fan, ruled there was "no legal flaw" in the decision-making process.


Boris due to meet Hillary Clinton

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at an event in New York last December Credit: Samir Hussein/PA Wire

Boris Johnson will meet American presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on his visit to America, aimed at supporting British business.

The Mayor of London will meet the Democrat frontrunner to be the next president in New York on Wednesday, according to the Sunday Times.

Boris's six-day trip is beginning in Boston today, where he will lead a delegation of representatives from the science and technology industries, and is hoping to boost trade ties between London and the U.S.A.

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