House of Commons
Protection for minimum wage workers on furlough
EDM #516
Tabled 20 May 2020
2019-21 Session
That this House is concerned that many workers earning the minimum wage are currently only receiving 80 per cent of their minimum wage salary under the Government’s furlough scheme; is concerned that workers are being expected to live on less than the state-declared minimum wage especially given that rents, bills and food prices have not fallen; is concerned that in the House on 12 May 2020, following a question calling for the introduction of a minimum wage floor to the furlough scheme, the Chancellor of the Exchequer responding by suggesting that workers could seek additional employment which for many is not possible during the covid-19 crisis; notes that women and Black, Asian and minority ethnic workers are more likely to be in lower-paid work; calls on the Government to put in place guarantees to ensure that no furloughed worker is forced to live on less than 100 per cent of the national minimum wage.