Having a job should guarantee your family doesn’t live in poverty.
But right now that’s not the case. Millions of working people are trapped in low paying, insecure work with no path out.
Not only is the percentage of those in poverty living in a working household at its highest since records began, but so is the percentage of children from working households living in poverty.
Theresa May might think this is fine, but we don’t.
Raising the National Living Wage to £10 per hour would give a pay rise to 4 million people. That’s why today, on the 20th anniversary of the minimum wage, we’re calling on the Prime Minister to take action.
This pay rise would go a long way to ensuring those on the lowest wages have enough to pay the bills, put food on the table and find somewhere permanent to live.
Millions of people in working families are living in poverty and this isn’t an accident. The system has been designed to benefit a few, while the rest struggle to afford the basics.
The minimum wage was a victory for union campaigning. It will only continue to rise if we take a stand.
We were told it would bankrupt the country. Instead it gave workers earning as little as 90p per hour a fair deal.
20 years on, the fight to end working poverty goes on. Workers need a £10 minimum wage now.