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National minimum wage - Carers UK Forum

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Thousands of care workers paid under legal limit
As the new levels for the national minimum wage are introduced, Panorama discovers that many British workers are still being paid much less than the law states and finds the problem particularly acute in the care work sector.
Panorama]http://news.bbc.co.uk/panorama/hi/front ... 604221.stm[/url]

Currently, students doing this kind of work are exempt from minimum wage laws and do not have to be paid anything in return.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/ ... NETTXT9038
There are some good reasons to look at how the Chinese economy has achieved such amazing growth on the back of a dirt-low wage economy, widespread abuse of human & workers rights, and health and safety, a screwed environment, and an artificially low currency. Check the label next time you buy that amazing bargain ... who's side are you on?
Actually, Scally, some of the less amazing bargains - Apple products for example - are made in China...
Quite, corporations are now bigger than countries, they owe no loyalty to anyone except their shareholders and behave like a law unto themselves. I am increasingly trying to put my spending, borrowing, and banking through co-operatives and mutuals, all of which have an ethical basis for their actions (and most of which are also very successful commercially).