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Kearney calls for increase in wages to combat rise in inflation

15 August, 2018 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney, has called for wage increases in order to help protect workers from rises in inflation.

The call comes after the Bank of England announced that it expects inflation to rise for the first time since November.

The party's Workers’ Rights spokesperson said:

“With the rise in inflation set to dwarf the value of wages and inhibit workers spending power, there is an onus on Employers and the British Government to raise wages for workers. 

“This would provide workers with economic stability and would ensure that they are not priced out of buying basic goods.

“In July 2018, the Office of National Statistics reported that average wages in the north are 9% less than those in Britain, therefore workers here are more inhibited by increases in inflation than anywhere else. 

“It is clear that workers here are underpaid in comparison to the South and Britain, this must change. The British Government has the power to increase the living wage under the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 and Sinn Féin is calling for this to be implemented. 

“Sinn Féin will not accept a pay gap between workers here and those in Britain particularly when inflation is on the rise.”

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