Pay excluding bonuses rose by 2% in the three months to May, but inflation meant real-term wages fell by 0.5%, according to the Office for National Statistics – prompting the TUC to call for a £10 minimum wage rate.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Three months of falling pay is three months too many. The clock is ticking while workers wait for the government to act.
“Ministers must set out a plan to get real wages rising across the public and the private sectors. They should start by scrapping the unfair pay restrictions on nurses, midwives and other public sector workers. And the minimum wage must be raised to £10 as quickly as possible.
“Tackling insecurity at work is important for improving pay too. When people don’t feel secure in their job, they are less likely to push for the pay rise they deserve. The government should start by accepting the Taylor Review recommendation to give agency workers equal pay. And they should go further and ban zero-hours contracts.”