Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey says the 12p rise in the minimum wage for adults is not enough, and wants it to go up by £1-an-hour.
An increase of £1-an-hour would have the twin-pronged effect of putting money into the wallets and purses of the lowest paid in the UK. They would then have a small extra incentive to spend in the countrys high streets, already on its knees because of the flatlining economy.
Such a £1 uplift is a more sensible way to help people off benefits - and much more humane than what the government is currently doing with its savage welfare cuts. In the long-term, increasing the national minimum wage could save the country billions. The 12p increase announced is derisory - and does nothing to help those already struggling with soaring household bills.
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