Ed Miliband vows to raise minimum wage

Ed Miliband has said his "radical" proposal to link the minimum wage to the national average is the biggest change to the system since it was introduced 15 years ago.

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Minimum wage pledge is core proposal of Buckle report

Labour's call for the minimum wage to be linked to the national average forms the "core proposal" of a report Ed Miliband commissioned from former deputy chairman of KPMG International Alan Buckle.

Mr Buckle's proposals to overhaul the Low Pay Commission include a new five-year target and a strengthened role in tackling poverty and raising productivity.

He said the goal to increase the minimum wage over the life of a parliament was achievable.

The GMB union said Labour's commitment to review the role of the Low Pay Commission was "welcome and necessary", while the TUC said: "Unions have long argued that many employers can easily pay more than the legal minimum."

"Alan Buckle's report shows that fair pay goes hand in hand with running a successful economy," TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said.

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