The Low Pay Commission (LPC) is an independent body that advises the government about the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage. Here's my latest post for them, following a recent visit. There are people in the town doing great things. One of them called this piece "really challenging." minimumwage.blog.gov.uk/2019/06/17/in-hartlepool-there-are-problems-the-minimum-wage-cant-fix/
Although 12,000 miles and 13 time zones away, there are important lessons to learn from some impressive initiatives.
Negotiations deliver a consensus on how far we can raise the pay rates without jeopardising employment. But this is a legal floor, not the limit of our aspirations.
It surely can't be expecting too much that the ability to honour those minimum rates of pay should be hard wired into business models, but also regulatory structures too.