The Conservative Party
United Kingdom

The National Minimum Wage was introduced by the Labour government amid fierce opposition from the Conservatives whose then Leader, William Hague (Now Shadow Foreign Sec and de-facto Deputy Leader) branding it ‘the height of reckless irresponsibility’.

Conservative backbenchers are backing a Bill going through Parliament that would allow employers and employees to ‘opt-out’ of the minimum wage, effectively allowing - for instance - agencies to force staff to sign an opt-out contract before giving them work.

If the Bill is passed by Parliament it would fatally undermine the Minimum Wage in the middle of a recession.

The campaign is now being backed by John Prescott and is called 'Wage Concern', below is a video of John launching the campaign:

We, the undersigned, call on MPs to vote against this Bill and stop the National Minimum Wage being undermined and allowing for a return to £3 an hour wages when it is next debated in Parliament on the 15th May.

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The Wage Concern - Save the National Minimum Wage petition to The Conservative Party was written by Alex Ross and is in the category Politics at GoPetition.