BFAWU Response To Shadow Chancellor's Living Wage Pledge

The BFAWU welcomes the commitment given by the Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell today in his Labour Party Conference speech, of a living wage of at least £10 an hour for all workers.

This would raise the living standards of millions of low paid workers in this country and would hopefully bring about an end to the shameless exploitation of people by certain companies, as a result of George Osborne’s ‘living wage’; a gimmick that offers security and improved life standards to precisely no-one.

A living wage of £10 an hour would be a life changing moment, that offers us an opportunity to build the fairer society that we all want to see. Traditionally, it's been Labour that is the true friend of of working people and we would certainly take the view that Mr McDonnell has re-confirmed that in this commitment.