- Minimum wage should be raised to £10 per hour says BFAWU
- Animated video launched to spread the message and mobilise support across social media.
The minimum wage should be increased to £10 per hour so that working people do not have to be supported with benefits, says the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU).
It wants the practice employed by large corporations to cut pay and force workers to rely on state handouts to be brought to an end.
By making work pay and providing a living wage, five million people would be lifted out of poverty and the ballooning benefit bill would be reduced, says the union.
The money saved could then be diverted to help fund the NHS and improve communities.
BFAWU is launching a new animated video to help spread the message that £10 per hour is not pie in the sky. Part of the Fast Food Rights campaign, the video will be launched at a rally in Newcastle on February 19th 2015. Supporters are being encouraged to share the animation using the hashtag #hungryforjustice.
Ian Hodson, National President, BFAWU, said: “Over the years, we have seen business after business seizing the opportunity to cut pay and force workers to rely on state handouts.
“Businesses and companies have the ability to enrich people's lives and make a valuable contribution to society, yet so many of them have decided to tread the path of exploitation and misery, forcing those who work for them into a cycle of debt that they will never be able to get out of.”
“We are slowly beginning to realise that the real problems in the country are not those on benefits, but corporations who don’t pay their taxes; squirrelling away their profits in tax havens and paying as little as they can get away with.
“If that wasn’t bad enough, the government has targeted those at the lowest end of the pay scale and systematically demonised those in need of support; the sick the disabled and the unemployed, whilst protecting the companies that choose to operate in a grossly immoral fashion.”
“We believe that the way to improve society is to make work pay and the minimum wage should be at least £10 an hour. We don't believe it's pie in the sky, it’s a living wage.”
Notes to editors
1. The animation “£10 per hour isn’t pie in the sky” will be launched in Newcastle on February 19th 2015.
2. Supporters are encouraged to publish and share the video on websites and social media using the hashtag #hungryforjustice.
3. The embed code for the video is:
<iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/n33FEnxupac" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
4. For alternative embed code sizes and for a shareable YouTube link visit: http://youtu.be/n33FEnxupac
5. For shareable digital campaign posters and stills please contact BFAWU
Tel: 07739 326010?