MP celebrates 20th anniversary of National Minimum Wage
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04 Apr 2019
Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood has this week attended a
parliamentary reception – hosted by Unison – to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Minimum Wage (NMW).
1 April 2019 marked 20 years since the NMW was introduced by
the then Labour government following the passing of the 1998 Act of Parliament.
In 2010, the NMW was voted the most successful policy of the
previous 30 years in a survey of Political Studies Association members by the
Institute for Government.
As of 1st April, the NMW is £8.21 per hour for people aged
25 and over, £7.70 for 21 to 24 year olds, £6.15 for 18 to 20 year-olds, £4.35
for under 18s and £3.90 for apprentices.
Unison is now campaigning for a fair minimum wage which does
not discriminate on the basis of age.
Margaret Greenwood MP, who is also Shadow Secretary of State
for Work and Pensions, said:
“I was delighted to be able to attend this event in
Parliament to mark the 20th anniversary of the National Minimum
“Now more needs to be done to help families and that is why
the next Labour government will make tackling the crisis in low pay and
insecure work a priority.
“We have pledged to ban zero-hour contracts, end the
public sector pay cap and introduce a Real Living Wage of £10 an hour
Labour has also pledged to increase prosecutions of
employers evading the NMW.
Margaret Greenwood added:
“It is totally unacceptable for any employer to evade the
“Anyone who believes they are not being paid what they are
entitled to should raise it with their employer in the first instance, or call the confidential Acas helpline on 0300
123 1100 for further advice and assistance.”
People can also
visit the gov.uk website via the following link for further ways to report not
being paid the minimum wage: https://tinyurl.com/gkt45sh