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Living Wage Foundation research shows 1.3 million key workers paid less than real Living Wage

15 Jun 2020
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It's a travesty that millions of the UK's covid-19 heroes are struggling to survive on less than a living wage, things have to change.

GMB, the union for care workers, has responded to the Living Wage Foundation’s research published today [Monday 15 June], showing over five million people were in low paid, insecure work on the eve of the Coronavirus crisis. 

The research also shows these numbers liable to rise substantially during a recession.

Commenting on the research, John Phillips GMB acting secretary said:

"It's a travesty that millions of the UK's covid-19 heroes are struggling to survive on less than a living wage.

"The very people we rely on to keep us alive, keep the economy moving and people fed during this pandemic are some of the worst paid in the country.

“It’s great we applaud our key workers, but after the applause has ended there are still bills to pay for millions of workers who deserve much better than to be struggling by on the breadline - things have to change."

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