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MPs to debate national living wage

Retailers’ “unscrupulous employment practices” to come under scrutiny.

MPs are set to debate “unscrupulous employment practices”, which they argue retailers use to cut workers’ benefits in an attempt to offset rising salary costs created by the national living wage.

More than 40 MPs, including former business minister Anna Soubry, backed Siobhain McDonagh, MP for Mitcham and Morden, call for a discussion on the issue. A three-hour debate will take place on Thursday 3 November.

McDonagh said: “This will be an excellent opportunity to celebrate Living Wage Week and employment practices that allow employees to have a decent standard of living.

“But we will also highlight those employers who choose to use the introduction of the National Living Wage to get round employment terms and reduce terms and conditions. The house has already been very effective in this regard. The debate held in April helped to get the offer to staff at B&Q increased from a one-year one-off payment to a two-year payment. That was a direct success.”

The national living wage came into effect in April this year and is set to rise to £9 by 2020.

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