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Firefighters blame government for upcoming strike

The Government has been accused of refusing to negotiate with firefighters ahead of a fresh strike over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out for 24 hours from 7am tomorrow, forcing brigades across the country to put contingency plans in place.

The union says improvements have been made in Wales, Scotland and Ireland but not England.

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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.

48.9%
Of people in Harrow West do not earn the living wage
48.3%
Of people in Chingford and Woodford Green do not earn the living wage
38.4%
Of people in Enfield Southgate do not earn the living wage
36.9%
Of people in Beckenham do not earn the living wage
36.7%
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.

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