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Cumbria's workers have lost £48 a week since 2007, finds TUC report
9:00am Sunday 8th September 2013 in News
WORKERS in Cumbria have lost £48 a week since 2007, according to the TUC.
It says in the five years since the financial crash, average pay in the county has fallen by 10.7 per cent in real terms - equivalent to a £47.58 cut.
The research looked at those working a 40-hour week and is part of the TUC's Britain Needs a Pay Rise campaign.
The TUC analysis compares hourly pay rates in 2007 (at 2012 prices) with those in 2012.
The figures also reveal that workers in Cumbria have been hit far harder than others across the rest of the UK which had experienced and average fall of 6.3 per cent and £30.30 per week in real terms.
According to the TUC analysis, Cumbria’s male workers have seen their hourly real pay rates drop by 10.2 per cent which works out at £54.67 less in their weekly pay packets in 2012 compared to 2007.
Female employees within the county saw their wages decline by 7.3 per cent in real terms over the five years, a loss of £27.58 for an average full-time worker on a 40-hour week.
Commenting on the figures, Northern TUC Regional Secretary Beth Farhat said “These devastating figures tell the story of the experience of working people in Cumbria since the financial crash.
"It’s no wonder that economic recovery has been so slow when in real terms working people here are almost £50 a week worse off. Low wages are increasing hardship, making more people reliant on expensive pay day loan lenders and money is being sucked out from the local economy.
“It’s totally wrong that working people are being asked to pay for a financial crisis caused by bankers, while the richest in society are benefit from tax cuts from the government.
"The TUC is determined to put fair pay at the top of the agenda and this while this is a big issue for the whole country, it’s particularly important in Cumbria as today’s figures show.”
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