Labour leader Ed Miliband has said Britain is one of the worst developed countries in the world for low paid workers as he outlined his plans to raise the national minimum wage.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Miliband said while other nations were "facing up" to low pay issues, "we are doing badly as a country". He added:
It's a basic principle for the next Labour government that people who are going out to work and putting in the hours should be able to get a decent return.
It's also saying that for the next Labour government the route to social justice and tackling poverty will not be based on higher welfare spending but will be based on giving people a proper reward in work.
Mr Miliband said he would consult with businesses before moving ahead with plans to establish a link between the minimum wage and the earnings of other workers.
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