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Poverty and income inequality: can workplace democracy make a difference?

Executive Summary

Workplace democracy and the structure of the UK’s labour market

  • Profound structural weaknesses in the UK labour market have led to rising income inequality, the growth of in-work poverty and stagnant wages
  • Living standards for those with incomes below the median have been squeezed since 2004. A major reason for this is low wage growth. Rising in-work poverty is responsible for increases in the payment of tax credits and in-work benefits to low-paid workers.
  • Living standards for those with incomes below the median have been squeezed since 2004. A major reason for this is low wage growth. Rising in-work poverty is responsible for increases in the payment of tax credits and in-work benefits to low-paid workers.
  • The evidence presented in this report demonstrates the relationship between workplace democracy and incomes. It shows how the erosion of institutions in the labour market that seek to achieve a fairer initial distribution of incomes (instruments of “pre-distribution”) have contributed to the rising tide of low pay, in-work poverty and income inequality

Just Deserts

Poverty and income inequality: can workplace democracy make a difference?

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Posted on 27 Mar 2014   Categories: Publications Related Tags:  , , , ,