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To: Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak

Demand a pay rise for key workers

Key workers are the bedrock of our society. They’re cleaning our hospitals, getting us to work and keeping food on the shelves in our supermarkets.

But right now 2 million key workers live on minimum wage. That’s £8.72 an hour — and a pittance for the work they’ve done throughout this crisis.

The government must:
- Do all it can to ensure that every key worker gets a pay rise.
· Raise the minimum wage – which will up the pay of two million key workers overnight
· Give meaningful pay rises to the four million key workers in the public sector
· Ban the zero hours contracts which penalise key workers in health, social care and retail.

Why is this important?

Key workers are getting this country through the pandemic. They headed out to work when the rest of the country stayed at home – putting themselves and their families at risk. It’s time to end the low pay and insecure work that leave many of these workers struggling, and make sure every key worker gets a payrise.

The coronavirus crisis demonstrated how much we all owe to all our key workers - healthcare staff, care workers, retail and delivery workers, public transport workers, teachers and support staff, cleaners, energy workers and so many others.

But the fact is, many of these workers - an estimated two million - are on the national minimum wage. And many are in insecure work, employed on zero hours contracts with poor terms and conditions.

The government can raise the minimum wage. It can use its powers to ban zero hours contracts. And it directly sets the wages of four million key workers in the public sector. It’s time for ministers to act – and give all our key workers the payrise they have earned.

Ministers turned up to clap for key workers every Thursday during the lockdown. Now is the time for them to show their support again.

Reasons for signing

  • It's not right to take people's commitment and contribution for granted, then pay them so little - the income gap is criminal in this country
  • People can't live on £8.72 per hour
  • Without the valuable Nurses and wonderful Carer’s this country would not have and continue to survive this global pandemic. Carer’s are amazing. Just think of a time when you or a member of your family were in hospital or the community and needed help and a lovely nurse or Carer was at your bedside with kind words and worked to help you survive now wasn’t that priceless. Stop paying MPs high Salaries and reward the angels 👼 of this world. You never know when you might need them angels 👼


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