Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more


  • Comment
The national minimum wage will bring many benefits to businesses, workers and the economy, said Ian McCartney minis...
The national minimum wage will bring many benefits to businesses, workers and the economy, said Ian McCartney minister of state at the DTI.

That is why the minimum wage is a top priority for this government and legislation is in the first session of the new parliament, he added.

Mr McCartney was speaking today during the first sitting of the common's committee to scrutinise the Bill.

Mr McCartney said after the committee meeting:

'The minimum wage is a maximum priority for this government. A minimum wage will:

end the scandal of low pay - no longer will unscrupulous employers pay sweat shop wages to people who have to work long hours to earn barely enough to live on.

prevent under-cutting in the market place - stop competition based on cost through low wages and encourage firms to compete on the basis of quality.

be an important rung on the new ladder from welfare into work - in conjunction with the reform of the tax and benefit system and the New Deal, we will promote work incentives and provide people with the skills and opportunities to move into work.

'The piecemeal withdrawal of minimum standards in the workplace over the past 18 years has fostered a low cost, low quality, low pay culture which this government is determined to replace with one based on high quality, decency and fairness.'

Barbara Roche, the DTI's small firms minister, who is supporting Mr McCartney in the committee stage said:

'The minimum wage will be a universal entitlement and all firms, whatever their size, will be covered by the legislation.

'Small firms are vital to the economy and we have asked the Low Pay Commission to give particular regard to these business in its recommendations to the government on the minimum wage.'

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.