16:13 Monday 30 December 2013

'Alarming' figures reveal a 15% real terms wages dive in region

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

WORKING people deserve and need a decent pay rise, a union chief has declared after figures showed people in Burton had suffered a 15 per cent real terms wage crash over the last five years.

While the average salary in Staffordshire has increased marginally since 2008, it has not kept pace with the rate of inflation, meaning wages aren’t going as far as they did five years ago.

The average earnings in the county is £24,690, which equates to a 15 per cent drop in real terms since 2008.

Joe Morgan, regional secretary for the union GMB (pictured), said: “These alarming figures show how hard-pressed working people across the UK are struggling to pay their bills after years of wage decline and attacks on the living standards of families throughout the land.”

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