All in 'It' Together: Worker Wages Without Worker Votes
(2016) 27(1) King's Law Journal 1
10 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2016 Last revised: 19 May 2016
Date Written: February 8, 2016
In 2012, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer optimistically told his party conference: 'Owners, workers and the taxman. All in it together. Workers of the world unite.' Shortly after, the government said it would increase the minimum-living wage over the years to 2020. But to what extent is it true that everyone who works in the UK is 'in it together'? Changes to the minimum wage come as it is clear that most people have been losing any meaningful vote in the way their workplace is run. Working wages have shifted, from a picture where more people used to earn close to the average, to one where more people than ever are pressed to the limit. The rises in the minimum-living wage by 2020 will be welcomed by millions of workers in Britain, precisely because the prospect of fair wages is being lost. More and more people in Britain certainly are in 'it' together, just scraping by on the minimum-living wage.
Keywords: wages, voice, votes, democracy, economy, inequality, minimum wage, fair wages
JEL Classification: K31
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