UNISON welcomes Miliband’s pledge on national minimum wage

UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is welcome news. Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers are on the minimum wage and many have to rely on state benefits, beg at foodbanks or fall prey to payday loan sharks to make ends meet. And that is a disgrace in the 21st century.

“Paying a fair wage also gives workers dignity and is good for the economy. Raising the minimum wage to a higher percentage of median earnings will help towards that. And it sends out a powerful message to all employers, public and private, that poverty pay won’t be tolerated”.