RUSSELL BROWN MP CALLS FOR HELP FOR REGION’S LOW PAID WORKERS
Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown has called for the UK Government to help low paid workers in Dumfries and Galloway by promoting the living wage.
Mr Brown made the call during a debate in the House of Commons on the Economy and Living Standards. In his speech before the House, Mr Brown pointed out last year the average weekly wage for his constituency was £400, 24% beneath the UK national average of £507.60- and this year the figure has falling to just under 20% beneath the national average of £517.80. Mr Brown also pointed out the negative impact the bedroom tax is having on the country as well as the need to help get young people into work with fair terms and conditions.
Commenting after the speech, Russell Brown said:
“As I said in my speech before the House, I am sick of how much below the UK average, wages are in our region. It means that local people have to work extra hours or take on second jobs to try and make ends meet: that’s if they can get the extra hours and second jobs. However, the UK Tory led Government refuses to take any positive measures to tackle this issue. A future Labour Government would promote the living wage which would make a massive difference to local workers especially since 14,404 people earn less than it. By promoting the Living Wage, local full time workers on the minimum wage would get a pay rise of over £2,600 a year.”
“As well as wanting real action on workers’ wages, I want to ensure they have fair terms and conditions. The Coalition Government like to vaunt their so-called economic recovery but you only have to scratch the surface to see that a number of these new jobs are jobs on zero-hours contracts or on two or three hours a week and it is primarily our young people who are taking them. This is not good enough. We need to give our young people a real start in their working lives which means offering them real opportunities”.