TUC tells Low Pay Commission business calls for a wage freeze are unfair and unnecessary

An increase in the national minimum wage (NMW) is both necessary and affordable, the TUC is advising the Low Pay Commission (LPC) today (Wednesday), as it decides the rate for the minimum wage from October 2009. The TUC is strongly opposed to calls from business for the LPC to freeze the NMW during the recession as, with inflation predicted to rise during the current NMW year (October 2009-September 2010), any freeze would cause a fall in the real living standards of low paid workers.