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Wages British workers are still £14 a week worse off than a decade ago

The TUC has criticised Tory spin on today's announcement that wages have risen above inflation

WORKERS in Britain are still £14 a week worse off in real terms than they were a decade ago, the TUC said today as inflation figures were published.

Statistics released by the Office for National Statistics show that wages are rising above inflation figures for the first time in a year.

But the TUC has criticised government spin on these statistics, pointing out that wage growth is still incredibly weak.

Workers across the country have £14 on average less to spend in take-home pay than in 2007, the year before the global financial crisis.

And the prospects for a recovery to that level also looks bleak, with economists from the Resolution Foundation predicting that 2018 will be a “standstill year.”

The TUC is calling on the government to improve pay and increase the supply of well-paid work by raising the minimum wage, strengthening collective bargaining rights, boosting public investment to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development average of 3.5 per cent of Britain’s gross domestic product and to adopt Labour’s plans for a national investment bank.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said that “unions have negotiated pay rises for workers across the UK, from the counters at McDonald’s to the factory floor at Ford, but wage growth is still weak.

“The government must get the economy working again for working people. Ministers need to increase the minimum wage to £10 an hour, fund a proper pay rise for all public servants and give workers stronger rights to negotiate fair pay deals.”

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