Image via WikipediaCan't say I have much good to say about the Labour Party but the introduction of the minimum wage is certainly to be applauded, even if it is way too low. But true to form the Tories are seeking to smash it under the guise of helping people to get employed with the introduction of the Employment Opportunities bill. This wonderful bill wants to provide employers with the ability to duck out of the minimum wage if the prospective employee agrees. Perhaps a more apt title would be the Employer Opportunity To Pay Crap Wages. Surprised there's not a clause in there making forelock tugging before the master compulsory.
The Employment Opportunities Bill was pulled at the last minute in May but has been rescheduled for a reading at the House of Commons on June 12th. The upstanding members below are the guilty group sponsoring the bill.
Christopher Chope (Christchurch) firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Bone (Wellingborough, Northants) email@example.com
Philip Davies (Shipley, West Yorkshire) firstname.lastname@example.org
Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley, Wales) email@example.com
Greg Knight (Yorkshire East) firstname.lastname@example.org
Edward Leigh (Gainsborough, Lincolnshire) email@example.com
Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater, Somerset) firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Binley (Northampton South, Northants) email@example.com
William Cash (Stone, Staffs) firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Syms (Poole, Dorset) email@example.com
David Wilshire (Spelthorne, Surrey) firstname.lastname@example.org
How they can sleep at night I really don't know. Let's hope this bill gets shown the door by whatever integrity may remain in Parliament. And the shower above.