Monday, 18 May 2009

Tories to abolish minimum wage?

Christopher Chope, a Tory MP representing Christchurch, presented a bill before the UK Parliament (which is due for reading on Friday) to introduce exemptions to the minimum wage, which would effectively result in its abolition. He was supported by ten other Tory MPs. A campaign to defend the minimum wage has been set up and a there is a petition to sign.

Its unlikely that Chope's motion will get through, but is he kite flying? Are the Tories testing the water to see what the reaction will be? They wouldn't dare openly abolish the minimum wage, but by introducing exemptions or opt-outs and freezing the uprating, they could abolish it by the back door. We have to make our opposition known. Please sign the petition.

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