Work and Business: My life below the minimum wage

Sarah Cosford

My name is Sarah and I have been working on and off as a waitress for almost 10 years. I have worked in nine restaurants in Scotland: two in Glasgow, four in Dundee, and three in the Scottish highlands (one of which I was co-manager). Hospitality jobs are hard to come by and I’ve found…


Work and Business: Give agency workers a break

Anya Pearson

It can be a miserable being an agency worker. As a temporary teaching assistant in inner London schools, I would traipse halfway across London on my way to a job before finding that my booking had been cancelled last minute, with no compensation. As a supply TA, permanent staff sometimes didn’t bother learning my name,…


Work and Business: The low pay crisis

Richard Dunstan

The sections on ‘Better workplaces’ and ‘Improving employment rights’ in the Your Britain policy consultation on Work & Business, now in their third iteration, remain extraordinarily weak and woolly. To be doorstep ready, they must become more radical, and more specific. Low pay, the minimum wage, and the living wage Britain is suffering from a…

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