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Workers worse off since 1978

Issue No. 2255

Workers’ wages have stagnated or fallen since 1978 while top earners’ pay has soared, a TUC report has found.

Britain’s Livelihood Crisis reveals that some groups of workers have seen their pay drop over the last three decades, despite the size of the economy doubling.

Bakers have lost 1 percent, bottlers 3 percent and forklift truck drivers 5 percent.

Meanwhile judges and lawyers have seen their pay soar by 114 percent.

The proportion of workers on poverty pay has almost doubled since the 1970s—22 percent now earn less than the median income of £11.09 per hour.

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Tue 7 Jun 2011, 18:23 BST
Issue No. 2255
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