Speaking after a visit to Arena Hair in Hucknall today, Thursday, Rachel Reeves said:
“People in Sherwood are working harder than ever, but since 2010 wages have fallen by £1,600 per year and 7,000 people in this area are paid below the Living Wage. Rising levels of low pay show the Tory plan is failing and another five years of the Tory low-wage economy would be a disaster for working families in Sherwood and across the country.
‘I promise a Labour government will make work pay for people in Sherwood. We’ll give tax rebates to firms in Sherwood who follow the example set by Arena Hair and pay their staff a Living Wage. We will raise the minimum wage to £8 an hour and ban exploitative zero hours contracts. Labour has a better plan to make work pay and raise living standards for working families in Sherwood.”
Leonie Mathers, Labour’s candidate for the general election, added: "After five years of this Conservative Government, too many people round here are working hard, for long hours and still struggling to make ends meet.
"We deserve better. That's why I've been working locally to encourage companies across Nottinghamshire to pay a living wage, and that's why a Labour Government will back those who do."