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TOMMY SHERIDAN COLUMN: WAGES SHAM.

Byline: TOMMY SHERIDAN

A FEW years ago, most people associated poverty with unemployment. Yet unemployment is falling and poverty goes on rising.

How come? Well, real unemployment is not quite as low as official figures suggest. Successive Governments have found ways to fiddle the figures.

Low pay is also one of the biggest causes of 21st century poverty.

The Scottish Low Pay Unit says 30 per cent of Scottish workers earn less than pounds 280 a week. New Labour's minimum wage of pounds 4.50 an hour is pathetically inadequate.

A pounds 7.32 minimum wage, in line with the European Decency Threshold, would at least be a start.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 3, 2003
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