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Conflicting calls over minimum wage reviews

27/11/2007

The British Shops and Stores Association (BSSA) has called for a government review of the formula for setting the national minimum wage as it is having a negative impact on local retailers.

A new report from the BSSA, entitled Health of the High Street, has found that above inflation rises to the minimum wage has increased staff costs to more than many retailers can afford.

Although 70 per cent of UK consumers believe the local high street plays a key part in the community, smaller retailers such as butchers and greengrocers are unable to trade on the high street.

John Dean, BSSA chief executive, told Online Recruitment: "Key findings within the report highlight the fading heartbeat of the high street, casting serious doubts as to whether, without some form of intervention, it will be able to continue to play its vitally important socio-economic role within the community in the long term."

Meanwhile, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called for further increases to the minimum wage, with the TUC general secretary Brendan Barber stating that it should rise to £6 or more in 2008. ADNFCR-1196-ID-18371604-ADNFCR


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