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    1. November 13, 2014

      Labour tries to placate business over minimum wage

      Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has pledged that a Labour government would not dictate a rise in the minimum wage to...

    2. November 5, 2014

      US voters back minimum wage rise

      Americans voted to raise the minimum wage and legalise marijuana in ballot initiatives in several states, advancing liberal...

    1. October 30, 2014

      Realistic approach needed to UK’s low-pay problem

      Weak wage growth has become a chronic condition of the UK economy. According to the Resolution Foundation, a think-tank, the...

    2. October 30, 2014

      Rise in UK workers trapped in minimum wage jobs

      A growing number of employees are trapped in minimum wage jobs, according to a report that illustrates the hollowing out of...

    3. October 20, 2014

      Miliband’s plan to raise minimum wage comes under fire

      Ed Miliband’s plan to raise the national minimum wage to £8 by 2020 is “not at all ambitious”, Labour’s former health...

    4. September 25, 2014

      Nigel Farage vows to scrap tax on minimum wage

      Nigel Farage has proposed scrapping income tax for workers on the minimum wage and wants a new 35p band for people earning...

    5. September 21, 2014

      Miliband pledges to raise UK minimum wage to £8 an hour

      Business leaders criticised Ed Miliband’s pledge to lift the UK’s national minimum wage to £8 an hour by 2020, saying it...

    6. July 23, 2014

      US should learn from Germany on jobs

      Five years after the financial crisis ended, the US and eurozone are still dealing with high unemployment and slow economic...

    7. July 2, 2014

      Poverty pay corrodes capitalism

      What is eating Bill Gross, co-founder of the US asset manager Pimco, and head of its Total Return bond fund? Is it the yield...

    8. June 24, 2014

      Pressure mounts on UK business and politicians to tackle low pay

      Godfrey Lasebikan used to get up every day at 3am to travel from Portsmouth to his job in London, returning home at 10.30pm....

    9. May 22, 2014

      Minimum wage gets minimal attention at McDonald’s meeting

      Even as 400 protesters rallied outside McDonald’s headquarters for a higher minimum wage for fast-food workers, the chain’s...

    10. May 19, 2014

      Leave politics out of minimum wages

      As the recovery gathers pace, several countries are looking at introducing or lifting minimum wages to appeal to the voters...

    11. May 19, 2014

      Business chiefs hostile to Labour’s minimum wage pledge

      Business chiefs have given a hostile reception to Labour’s promise to raise the national minimum wage significantly if the...

    12. May 18, 2014

      Ed Miliband to vow minimum wage rise if he wins general election

      Ed Miliband will fight the next election on a promise to “significantly increase” the national minimum wage as the Labour...

    13. May 9, 2014

      Mitt Romney backs Obama on minimum wage

      Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, backed President Barack Obama on what is arguably his top domestic...

    14. March 12, 2014

      Low Pay Commission should become ‘powerful watchdog’, says founder

      The body that sets Britain’s national minimum wage should be transformed into a “powerful new watchdog” with the aim of...

    15. March 2, 2014

      Leisure industry executives lambast minimum wage increases

      Leisure industry bosses hit out at the proposed above-inflation increase in the national minimum wage, warning jobs in the...

    16. February 28, 2014

      Obama seeks poll dividend from wage fight

      Just four city blocks divides the White House from the part-time workers in the Gap store on Washington’s Connecticut...

    17. February 28, 2014

      Vince Cable names hairdressers who failed to pay minimum wage

      Vince Cable has announced the first “naming and shaming” of employers found to have failed to pay the national minimum wage,...

    18. February 26, 2014

      Pay body proposes 3% rise in UK minimum wage

      A 3 per cent rise in the adult minimum wage recommended by the Low Pay Commission is likely to be the first in a series of...

    19. February 21, 2014

      Minimum wage system has ‘run its course’, says founding chairman

      Britain’s national minimum wage system needs to be reformed because it is no longer adequate to tackle low pay problems and...

    20. February 19, 2014

      Higher pay for America’s poor

      Nothing in Washington is simple. President Barack Obama thought he had a solid case to raise the US federal minimum wage to...

    21. February 18, 2014

      US minimum wage rise may cost 500,000 jobs, says CBO

      Barack Obama’s preferred option for lifting the federal minimum wage could cause a loss of 500,000 jobs in the US by the...

    22. February 17, 2014

      Osborne raised hopes on minimum wage despite job fears

      George Osborne raised hopes the national minimum wage could be restored to its pre-recession value of £7 per hour before the...

    23. February 6, 2014

      Biggest job in Europe is reforming labour markets

      Europe’s companies need to get the region’s 27m unemployed people back to work – for the sake of its economic recovery, not...

    24. February 6, 2014

      Retailers feel the squeeze in America’s poverty economy

      The neediest Americans will be hurt by an $8.6bn cut to food aid in a bill that was approved by Congress this week and will...

    25. February 5, 2014

      UK migration policies ‘pose skills risk’

      The subject of immigration retains its power to polarise. In the UK, since the middle of the last century, periods of...

    26. February 4, 2014

      Minimum wage rise is maximum idiocy

      The hue and cry has gone up on both sides of the Atlantic among the righteous: raise the minimum wage! This ideological...

    27. February 2, 2014

      Osborne taken to task on call for £7 minimum wage

      George Osborne was wrong to raise hopes that the national minimum wage could be restored to its pre-recession value of £7...

    28. January 29, 2014

      Companies resist president’s call for minimum wage rise

      Employers of low-wage workers attacked Barack Obama’s call for a 40 per cent rise in the minimum wage even as the US...

    29. January 28, 2014

      Obama to call for ‘year of action’

      President Barack Obama will use the White House’s executive authority to bypass Congress and raise the minimum wage for...

    30. January 16, 2014

      Minimum wage stirs debate as business frets over productivity

      Political pressure to raise the national minimum wage above inflation could be “quite dangerous” if not matched by higher...

    31. January 16, 2014

      Osborne calls for minimum wage rise

      George Osborne on Thursday night called for above-inflation increases in the national minimum wage, claiming that Britain’s...

    32. January 15, 2014

      Businesses fear impact of introducing minimum wage in Germany

      For more than a decade, Elfrun Scheller has struggled to make ends meet running a concrete block of a hotel next to a...

    33. January 15, 2014

      Fines to rise fourfold for low-pay rogues

      Rogue employers who do not pay workers the national minimum wage face penalties of up to £20,000 from next month – four...

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