Upload a photo Upload a video Upload an mp3 Upload an event


Wage Crisis Highlighted By MP

Monday September 29 2014

Michael Dugher MP Michael Dugher MP

WE are living through the biggest wage crisis since the Victorian times, according to a Barnsley MP.

Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher made the alarming claim after new figures showed that pay excluding bonuses today is the lowest on record, despite a fall in unemployment.

Wages after inflation have already fallen by £1,600 a year since 2010 and by next year working people will have seen the biggest fall in wages since 1874.

Unemployment in Barnsley has fallen, but youth unemployment in the town remains high.

"We're living through the biggest wages crisis since the Victorian times," Michael said. "Ministers need to get a grip on falling wages which continue to lag far behind the cost of living.

"Youth unemployment across Barnsley is still high and static, plus long-term unemployment in Barnsley East is still a third higher than in 2011.

"Too many of the jobs that are coming are low paid, part-time or on zero hours."

Leave a comment
comments powered by Disqus
26 Showing 26 comments

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Monday September 29 2014 at 14:08
Bloody hell is this person for real ,has he been in an induced coma,hell be telling us next wars broken out in Europe ,the Titanic's sunk,it just shows how out of touch he and the rest of the other Buffon's are in the best men's club in the world aka the houses of fiddle and pilther.

Reply Posted by truth of it on Monday September 29 2014 at 16:09
No one who works 40 hours should be living in poverty, their wage should cover the cost of shelter, food and welfare.. Today it does not cover those costs!

Reply Posted by Red Optimist on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 11:25
Absolute rubbish. Even on the minimum wage it is possible to provide shelter, food and welfare.

Reply Posted by ken on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 12:19
honestly red@ I have never heard so much bull in all my life. thousands of low paid workers are struggling.my sister works full time and when she pays rent , ctax, utility bills, home insurance, kids clothing, school dinners, runs a car which she needs to get to work, it is not rocket science red optimist, she is struggling and she works very hard, get of your high horse and stop been such a tory w@nker..

Reply Posted by susan harper on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 22:28
well said ken - couldn't have put it better myself

Reply Posted by pookey on Monday September 29 2014 at 16:24
Anyone who works purely to put a roof over their head and food on the table is a victim of modern day slavery....fact!

Reply Posted by azizal on Monday September 29 2014 at 16:55
Or Pookey they are like many living beyond their means.

Reply Posted by sarah on Monday September 29 2014 at 17:17
Maybe if he and his wombles hadnt opened the borders to cheap labour and allowed big companies to take advantage we wouldnt be having this conversation. My oh is self employed and has seen his pay go from £22 an hr to £11 due to any old foreigner showing up 2 driving licenses and given the keys to a hgv.

Reply Posted by Left wing and proud on Monday September 29 2014 at 17:58
All three partys are to blame for this disaster, pandering to the banks and big business, zero hours contract rearing its ugly head. Falling wages, if you say a word it's, pick up your coat on the way out and don't come back. Afterwards you are sanctioned by the job centre for losing your job so you get nothing, the working class are well and truly shafted by the powers that be. The Westminster club talk a good talk come the election, but afterward they will stick it to the working person again, the unions have lost there backbone and the Labour Party have forgotten there roots.

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 07:17
The flagship of all unions lay slewn on the battlefield of orgreave,there backbone shattered by the truncheon of the bully boys of thatcher there thirty pieces of silver warmed in there pockets, and at this point there hopes disappeared as the bleeding miners blood did into the soil of orgreave so did the hopes of any fair democratic hopes for working classes of England ,thatcher gave birth to her children ,profit and privatisation.and in the distance over in Barnsley the church bells were sounding there death nel for the future of Barnsley.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 22:00
The Unions have nor will EVER lose there BACKBONE, Previous governments (Labour included lol ) Have failed to repeal the anti union legislation that Thatcher introduced.
We are and will always be here whether the powers that be like it or not

Reply Posted by craig on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 22:19
Wish that were true @steveo, but its all gone mate. Sad but true.

Reply Posted by Brian on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 00:15
Mr Dugher, get real. You and your party caused these problems and then you left the Conservatives to sort out the mess you left behind.

Reply Posted by Left wing and proud on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 10:20
@Brian, low wagers, poverty, zero hours contract, privatisation of the health service, these are the work of the Con party and there pay masters. When ten or a hundred and ten people go for one job vacancy, the Tory bully boys love it, how can anyone watch and do nothing while working class family's struggles in fuel poverty. Low wage family's are struggling to feed there children, many are now using food banks, you may say where is their pride, in poverty there is no pride. And the Conservatives keep bragging about falling unemployment, while part time, public, and zero hours workers struggle to put the heating or gas on. They find the treasury dry for the workers of this country, yet they can find three billion pounds for a war, high speed trains. The they this is needed, what's needed is fairness, fairness for the working people of this country

Reply Posted by Brian on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 11:20
Let me put this matter to you in simple terms. If your income was £20,000 per annum and you were spending £30,000 per annum you would at some point in the future have a big problem to face. For the first year you would probably get by. In year two the situation would get more difficult and eventually you would have to do one of two things, or both. You would need to reduce your expenditure and/or increase your income. While this government have increased the income to the treasury they are also having to reduce state spending. To date they have done both with a degree of success. However, as a nation we are still spending significantly more than we are earning. Hence the need for further reductions in public expenditure.

There have always been low wages relatively speaking. There has always been poverty although as a nation of people we are all generally better off today than we have ever been. What people need to do is to strive to improve their lot in life. There is no point in pointing your finger at the government and blaming them. It is down to you to make the best possible life for yourself. This starts with a good education and kind, loving and encouraging parents. Hard work, endeavour and commitment to the cause are essential. It means getting off your backside and getting on with it. Look at yourself before you start blaming others for your own shortcomings. Life can be tough but an overwhelming number of people just 'get on with it' others choose to blame the government for their failings.

On the question of privatisation of the health service, you fail to mention that it was the Tony Blair government which started to take us down that path and also at a much quicker pace than what is happening now.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 22:08
QUOTE - "However, as a nation we are still spending significantly more than we are earning. Hence the need for further reductions in public expenditure."


QUOTE X2 "Hence the need for further reductions in public expenditure."
20%+ MP Payrise under the Tories
1,000,000 + now having to rely on FOODBANKS, a rise of more than 1000% since the Tories were (not) elected
1.5,000,000 + Subject to benefit "sanctions"
TAX CUTS for Millionaires
Youth unemployment up 40% *
Unemployment currently standing @ FOUR MILLION *
Tax "Avoidance" UP 40% Under the Con -Dem coalition


* Est

Reply Posted by Guido Fawkes on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 12:05
There you go again optimist spreading your facist doctrine, your that far right wing that your running round in circles and up your own aris.

Reply Posted by Left wing and proud on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 12:51
@ray £20,000 really you must get a grip on reality, many working people are bellow the £12,000 mark, you accept poverty as if the working class should except it, and what cause are you talking about? You have no idea, living in your little bubble, lets take education shall we, if the same student ratio per teacher was brought into the state education system as the Etonian,rugby, old boys school or the government paid the same per child as the public schools you could have a point, but it doesn't. Point two: you don't know me, I work hard for my family and all three of my children are highly successful in there chosen employment, I try to instil in them socialistic values. You also say its no good pointing your finger at the Government , just get on with it, this government that may i state that nobody elected, makes the laws that lead to the poverty. What do I care what Blair did he is the same type as your beloved maggie.

Reply Posted by we are being fooled on Sunday October 5 2014 at 01:43
The party that should be in power is a mixed bag of MPs that did not steal from the tax payer in the expenses scandal. They still have integrity something most MPs are lacking. All the parties now see Thatcherism as the answer when it is not and as much as I dislike the French their Liberty Equality and Brotherhood means they stick together against the rulers... here we are divided into believing having a car on finance and a mortgage means we are middle class so we should be like the rulers and attack the poor and disabled of society

Reply Posted by stevo hater on Sunday October 5 2014 at 13:41
Will you learn the facts and hut the **** up! I'm low on money at the moment, guess what I do. Ask for over time or search something better. I'm sick to the back teeth of people saying its bard out there. Yeah it is, but moaning doesn't solve anything. Its logging off WAB, getting out your houses and looking for work. Its everywhere just people complain about it. So many people in barnsley are all for nothing. I know how bone idle people are here. GET OFF YOUR FAT ARSES A D BLOODY GET TO WORK OR LOOK FOR IT don't point fingers, you are all in control of your lives.... dumb arses!!! -.-

Reply Posted by abobe^^^^ on Sunday October 5 2014 at 13:48
you are probably on low wagers due to your poor education, learn to spell you tool.

Reply Posted by anon on Sunday October 5 2014 at 14:12
Surprised at you @stevo hater. He is one of the guys who is so anti zero hours contracts it hurts. (As am I) To be fair,he,s a guy you ,as a low wage earner would want to be on your side. Very odd post.

Reply Posted by jack on Sunday October 5 2014 at 14:17
well said anon

Reply Posted by lol on Sunday October 5 2014 at 14:08
Oh the irony. @abobe, its wages.

Reply Posted by Xxx on Sunday October 5 2014 at 14:18
£20,000 per annum are u joking my partner earns £500 a month! His last p60 he earnt just over £1000 get real!

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Sunday October 5 2014 at 14:24
Xxx. your partner needs do double up on the PAUPER ROUND!!!

ipso Regulated