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A minimum wage is pointless if we don’t enforce it

As the wage floor rises, there is always a danger that more people will slip through the cracks

By Sarah O'Connor   March 2019

Cheap at the price: Primark was “named and shamed” for failing to pay workers properly. Photo: Rex/Shutterstock

You know a policy is successful when its former opponents steal it. The UK’s minimum wage law is a perfect example: introduced by Labour in 1998 at a cautious level, it has been seized on and supercharged by the Tories in the last few years. In an otherwise sluggish economy, the employment numbers have been surprisingly buoyant, and the big issue has switched from the quantity of work to its sometimes dubious…

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