Paddy Lillis, Usdaw general secretary has said the “best way” to thank key workers is to ensure “fairness at work” – with the chief calling for a new deal for employees that includes a minimum wage of at least £10 per hour, more secure contracts and an end to youth pay.
The comments come as part of the group’s written evidence to the Low Pay Commission (LPC) on minimum wage rates.
The suggestions are part of LPC’s annual call for evidence and responses will help “shape the recommendations” they will make to the government this autumn on the 2022 minimum wage rates.
Lillis said that workers in retail, distribution and many other low-paid industries have shown just how “vital” they are to keeping the UK economy going “during a time of extreme pressure”.
He said: “The National Living Wage should be increased at least in line with the planned target to reach 66% of median earnings by 2024. Usdaw continues to campaign for an immediate National Living Wage of at least £10 per hour for all workers, regardless of age, so youth rates are abolished as soon as possible.
“As the country tries to recover from the pandemic, we need a new deal for workers that includes a minimum wage of at least £10 per hour, more secure contracts and an end to rip-off youth pay. The best way to thank key workers is to ensure fairness at work.”