BREAKING: TUC gives guarded welcome to minimum wage rise

imagesThe TUC has given a guarded welcome to the news the national minimum wage is to rise by 12p an hour for adults.

Business Secretary Vince Cable this morning announced:

  • the adult rate will increase by 12p to £6.31 an hour
  • the rate for 18-20 year olds will increase by 5p to £5.03 an hour
  • the rate for 16-17 year olds will increase by 4p to £3.72 an hour
  • the apprentice rate will increase by 3p to £2.68 an hour.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Boosting the incomes of the low paid goes straight into the economy and wage-led growth must be part of the recovery so we would have liked to have seen minimum wage rates go up further today, even if the government has rightly rejected calls for a freeze.

“But we are pleased that ministers have increased the apprenticeship rate. This sends a positive signal about the importance of apprentices.

“We will continue to press ministers for more action to ensure the minimum wage is properly enforced – particularly for apprentices where there is considerable evidence that many miss out. It is time to get tough with wage-cheat employers who break this law.

“And we will continue to urge the many employers who can afford it to implement a full living wage for their staff.”