Tories Want To Scrap The National Minimum Wage!
It seems that some backbench Tories are campaigning for an opt-out clause for the National Minimum Wage, which just goes to show that their attitudes have not really changed in twelve years!
The National Minimum Wage is one of the best policies this government has produced and one of the finest items of legislation since the Second World War, it has kept many decent and hardworking individuals from falling into a vicious poverty trap which they would have had immense difficulty in getting out of, and many individuals up and down the land, including myself, have much benefitted from it. Heck I even imagine it has helped some unpaid part-time Conservative Party Interns, just out of University!
John Prescott puts it brilliantly when he states;
"So Alex - I'm going to do more than just sign your petition. I'm launching an all out campaign to Kill This Tory Bill and expose the Tories for what they are - heartless hypocrites.
This is the 'change' Cameron is promising.
On May 15 the Employment Opportunities Bill has its second reading in the House of Commons.
Proposed by senior Tory Christoper Chope MP and 11 other Conservative MPs, it will allow firms to opt out of the minimum wage of £5.73 an hour and pay what they like.
Actually, according to John O'Farrell's book "Things Can Only Get Better", wasn't Christopher Chope's nickname "Chopper Chope", given he has past form with this sort of thing!
This will effectively scrap the minimum wage."
That said, there is good news, you can help make sure that the Tories realise that this is a stupid and unpopular move. As John states;
"You can read the Hansard of the First Reading the Bill here
Sign Alex's petiton here
Join the Facebook group here
And find more about 10 years of our minimum wage here"
For those who strongly disagree, lets make our point loud and clear.