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"Over half" of pub landlords are earning less than £15,000 per year because they are "tied in" to a relationship with a major pub company, according to the shadow minister for pubs.
Labour's Toby Perkins spoke to Daybreak ahead of an opposition debate calling on the Government to do more to protect pubs and their landlords.
"There has been a number of studies suggesting that people who have a pub with one of the big pub companies are going to be earning less than minimum wage.
"Over half of them earn less than minimum wage - and doing long, long hours. So it is really a major issue for those people and it is a big issue for the communities that see those pubs go under."
Landlords are permanently calling time at their bar because their profits are squeezed by "costly rents and high beer prices", an expert has said.
The Government need to speed up measures aimed to protect pubs and their landlords after it emerged 26 a week are closing down, Labour have said.
They plan to use an opposition day debate to urge the Coalition to introduce a statutory code to protect landlords from exploitation at the hands of large companies.
Legislation was drawn up last year but kicked into the long grass to consider the huge number of responses the proposed laws received.
Shadow pubs minister Toby Perkins said: "A broad coalition including Camra, business organisations and trade unions are backing a new statutory code with teeth."
He continued: "A year ago, in response to pressure from campaigners and Labour, ministers said they'd take action but 12 months later they've failed to do so."