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 Wage.

“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 by 2020.”

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 minimum wage.

“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

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