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Issue:- 31 March/01
Usdaw Welcomes Good News for Low Paid Workers, Or Is It?
union Usdaw has warmly welcomed the Government's decision to accept
the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission and increase all 3 of
the National Minimum Wage (NMW) hourly rates. Yet business
leaders are strongly againced it. "We have got a hard
time ahead and this rise will force more jobs to be cut, just as we
are looking like we will be heading out of the danger zone.
This is political madness and it just vote winning and trying to
please the unions. The Unions have to learn and wake up to the
fact we are increasingly becoming over priced in the international
business work due to our wages. Yes, it is nice to reward
workers with higher wages, but not when it will cost more jobs in
the long run!" a FSB businessman told us.
The new rates, which will come into force on 1 October 2010 will be:
£5.93 per hour for low paid workers aged 21 and over (a 2.2%
increase on the current £5.80 rate); £4.92 per hour for 18 to 20 year
olds (a 1.9% increase on the current £4.83 rate); and £3.64 per hour
for 16 to 17 year olds (a 2% increase on the current £3.57 rate).
General Secretary of Usdaw, John Hannett said:- "This is good news for
the millions of workers who rely on the NMW to help them maintain a
decent standard of living. It's a clear message from the Government
that they are determined to look after the interests of hard-working
people on low incomes.
All of the evidence submitted to the Low Pay Commission suggests
that business can afford this modest increase. All workers
deserve to be valued and a decent NMW is one of the benchmarks of a
Labour introduced the NMW and have consistently increased it every
year since its introduction in 1999 this latest announcement will be
welcomed by low paid workers throughout the UK."
"What unions are not telling their
members is that the Government is going to tax more and that NI is
set to increases. So the bigger the wage the more the
government will take off them anyway... I have no idea why
Usdaw says that businesses can afford this rise. Lots of
small businesses are closing each day, still. This is
history repeating it self." added the FSB mamber.
"IT'S great news that Workers
Memorial Day will now be officially recognised by the government -
now they must admit the true extent of workplace ill-health,
accidents and death AND enforce the law as vigorously as they do
parking offences to reduce the damage done!
This is due to our campaigning, - all of us, the Hazards Campaign,
trade unions, the TUC and Families Against Corporate Killers - well
done! Workers Memorial Day is 'OUR' day, a day when workers and our
families, and our trade unions, focus on health and safety at work,
both in our workplaces, and at events locally, nationally, and
worldwide. Every year more people are killed at work than are killed
in war. Most do not die of mystery ailments, or in tragic “accidents”. They die because an employer decided their safety just
wasn’t that important a priority. Workers Memorial Day Remembers all
of the Dead but also commits us all to Fight like hell for the
Living, to stop these totally avoidable deaths that destroy lives
and wreck families.
This year more than ever we need to fight for our lives as the
recession caused by a greedy, globalised financial system acting out
of control, under governments committed to deregulation and light
touch regulation, has caused global meltdown and threatens to make
our health and safety an even lower priority and destroy more lives.
There will be an election in the UK in few months and we need to use
WMD to put workplace safety and health on the election agenda. We
must Fight for the Living in the build up to Workers Memorial Day by
making our case that safe and healthy work is a human right not a
privilege, that currently work causes massive amount of harm for
which employers pay a tiny proportion, that whatever government is
elected must not deregulate health and safety, must not reduce
enforcement and compliance, must not allow employers to audit and
regulate their own H&S and keep inspectors out; and must ensure
positive legal duties for H&S on directors, well funded preventative
enforcement with teeth, deterrent penalties, and just compensation
for all workers and their families harmed by work." said
Hilda Palmer, of the Greater Manchester Hazards Centre. Click
for more information.
infants as young as 5 are being encouraged to think up imaginative
business ideas which will make a difference at school, in their
community and at home. Every primary school in Liverpool are
receiving a unique educational toolkit called:- ‘Enterprise for Infants’,
which aims to give pupils the right stuff when it comes to business,
enterprise, creativity and teamwork. It is the first ever business
education pack for infant-aged children in the city.
The toolkit, which is the brainchild of Councllor Gary Millar,
Liverpool City Council’s executive member for enterprise, aims to
help infants think up ways to make a difference at school, in their
community and at home. Aimed at 5 to 7 year olds, the kit
gives them the opportunity to learn more about how businesses work
ranges from making a product and selling and delivering it to
customers, friends and family; to raising money for worthy causes.
It is hoped the toolkit will give children skills which will last
them for life - firing their imaginations, getting them working as a
team and creating thousands of young, dynamic entrepreneurs able to
make a real difference to people and places.
Councillor Gary Millar said:- “It’s never too early to start
motivating and enthusing our children with ideas and tools that will
equip them for the future world of work or the giving them the
skills needed to work as team. Business and enterprise is not all
about making money and I would like people of all ages to join us in
putting something back into the city.
This toolkit has been designed especially for young minds to have
fun, make money and most importantly help people and places. The
infants will learn lots of things, including how to be enterprising,
develop ideas and make them happen whilst learning about business
too. Through this innovative learning experience they will
develop an understanding of enterprise and the skills and attributes
that make enterprising people.”
The toolkit supports Liverpool’s ‘Every Child Matters’ initiative -
in particular making a positive contribution and achieving economic
wellbeing. Teachers will use the toolkit’s posters, DVD and
activities to explain to children that working through ten steps
together will help them be enterprising and raise money for a
favourite charity or cause.
The toolkit’s “10 Steps to Success” are: -
1. Use your imagination
2. Pick the best idea
3. Tell us more!
4. Choose your job
5. Explore your idea
6. Pounds & pence
7. Shout about it!
8. Ready, steady, go
9. Add it all up
10. Looking back
Councillor Millar added:- “This toolkit explains that being
enterprising is not just about owning your own business or being an
entrepreneur. Instead, it makes clear that it’s about having a
positive ‘can do’ attitude in life and striving to achieve your full
By starting at Step 1 and working through the remaining steps,
pupils will create a memorable learning experience. They will
discover that volunteering, working as a team and fundraising makes
a difference - and with their help and commitment we can make great
Children who complete the toolkit and develop their own business
ideas will receive certificates, stickers and reward cards. The
toolkit will be used as part of lessons and at after school clubs.
And parents are being encouraged to get actively involved and
support their children in their business ventures.
The Enterprising Infants toolkit is part of the wider ‘Enterprising
kids - Let’s do business!’ programme, developed by Liverpool City
Council and Stepclever.
Teachers from 20 infant and primary schools have already got their
hands on the toolkit. It will be sent to every primary school in the
city over the next few months.
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