How can we tackle low pay and boost productivity? How do we ensure that the wages of all workers see the benefit of the economic recovery? This article by Conor D'Arcy of the Resolution Foundation considers the major themes, such as the productivity puzzle and minimum wage, of their recently published collection of essays 'Securing a pay rise'.
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Conservative politicians seek reform to collective employment law and, if returned to Government, will enact a Trade Union Reform Bill to restrict union rights. But union membership has been on a long term decline anyway. Who benefits from the fall of trade unions - UK employers? Anyone? Ian Manborde, programme co-ordinator of the MA in International Labour and Trade Union Studies at Ruskin College, Oxford, explores the issues in this exclusive opinion piece.
Ensuring proper enforcement of employment rights means more than restoring access to the employment tribunal system. More needs to be done by government in order to tackle the exploitation of workers, but what steps have the Conservatives, Labour Party and Liberal Democrats actually taken in order to ensure this? Is the Liberal Democrats plan for a Workers Rights Agency the answer? Richard Dunstan comments.
Unemployment within the UK differs and there have been calls for the National Minimum Wage to evolve; perhaps with different rates for different UK regions. Would regional devolution good idea? What would be the legal implications? In the third of a four part series on low pay issues from Lewis Silkin, Tom Heys considers the issues.
There have been calls for the National Minimum Wage to evolve, so that different rates apply to different sectors. Could this be a good idea for NMW v2.0? This second part of a four part series from Lewis Silkin on low pay considers the issues.
The independence of the Low Pay Commission is under threat. It alone has decided the level of the minimum wage, but politicians are increasingly interested in forcing a rise in the NMW for vote-winning reasons. How can (and should) the role of the Low Pay Commission change in this new environment? In the first of a four part series focusing on low pay, Lewis Silkin debate what the future may hold for the Low Pay Commission.
Some are calling for a big National Minimum Wage increase so that it more closely matches the living wage, but others claim this would have a catastrophic impact upon the employment rate. Who is right about the NMW? Hannah Price of Lewis Silkin LLP gives her view.
Politicians want a higher standard of living for all, with proposals to end low pay and get more money in more people's pockets. To do this, a range of policy initiatives are being debated that it's hoped will help people with the cost of living and raise living standards, but which will impact employers. This Lewis Silkin article explains the pros and cons of the policies.