Delyn MP David Hanson has today welcomed the Government’s decision to increase the National Minimum Wage benefiting a million low-paid workers.
The National Minimum Wage for low-paid workers aged 22 and over will rise from£5.73 to £5.80 an hour; the rate for 18-22 year olds will increase from £4.77 to £4.83; and for 16-17 year olds it will go up from £3.53 to £3.57 an hour. From October 2010 the top rate of National Minimum Wage will be extended to 21 year olds.
David Hanson said:
“The National Minimum Wage has now been making work pay here in Delyn for 10 years and remains one of the most important rights for workers that has been introduced under this Government.
“The new rate in October 2009 will be around 61 per cent higher than the rate in 1999, and 25 per cent higher in real terms.
“Despite opposition by the Conservative’s the minimum wage offers employees protection from exploitation and creates a level playing field for business, making a huge contribution to the UK’s economic success.
“Around 54,000 people in Wales alone will benefit from the increase and new measures coming into force will mean stronger enforcement of the wage.”