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Voice of Scotland: PAY UP AND END POVERTY AGONY.

Byline: J.Brown

I GET very annoyed when public sector employees complain about their low wages.

If I earned as much as the lowest-paid public sector workers, I would be pleased.

The genuine low-paid workers are those struggling on that pathetic pittance referred to as the ``minimum wage'' of pounds 4.50 per hour. Younger workers under 22 earn less, but do the same work.

Many are service workers who work unsociable hours, have only three weeks holidays per year and live in abject poverty, barely above the level of income support.

Conservative and New Labour governments have blocked workers' rights bills and allowed companies to make obscene profits at the expense of their staff.

It is time unions exercised the new Human Rights Act for their workers as I understand one requires pounds 6.20 per hour to move out of the poverty threshold.

J.Brown, Kilmarnock.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 30, 2003
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