27 May 2011
Pay discrimination claims may rise without action, expert suggests
Grievance claims on the grounds of pay discrimination may become more frequent unless salary increases are brought back in line with rising costs and inflation, a specialist has suggested.
The global economic downturn has resulted in many companies stifling any wage hikes as part of their cost-cutting exercises, but this could be leaving many people short when it comes to their personal finances.
Frances O'Grady - deputy general secretary of the Trades Unions Congress (TUC), an organisation that has 58 affiliated bodies and represents more than six million workers in the UK - believes this trend cannot continue indefinitely.
Speaking following the publication of the Commission on Living Standards' 'Growth Without Gain?' report on Friday (May 27th), Ms O'Grady labelled its findings a "wake-up call" to the employment sector.
"As the UK seeks to recover from the downturn, we need a radical rethink of the way our economy is structured. Securing fairer wages for working people and strong jobs growth are essential to achieving a strong and sustainable recovery," she added.
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Posted by Richard Saunders