Wherever you find right-wing governments, you find an erosion of workers’ rights and wages. The situation in England is much the same as here:
Over half of all families in poverty are also in work. That’s why we need a living wage
Earlier this year it was reported that over half the families living in poverty are also in work. When the Living Wage movement started over a decade ago campaigners were often told that it couldn’t be done, but now business leaders report that implementing the Living Wage brings real benefits, increasing productivity and staff retention, while lowering absenteeism.
Millions of families living in poverty despite being in employment says new study
There are more working families living in poverty in the UK than non-working families for the first time since the birth of the welfare state, according to a new study.
A report by a development charity attributes the figures to a sustained and “unprecedented” fall in living standards that has hit UK households, in which average incomes have fallen by 8% since a peak in 2008. As a result, around 2 million people have an income that would have been considered below the poverty line in 2008.
The Nats’ line on poverty is that beneficiaries need to get in to work. The rise of the working poor both in NZ and internationally, shows what nonsense that excuse is. And yet, they continue to erode the rights of workers.