Fact Service February 2023

New pay rise guide

International union body the ITUC has released a report, Winning a Pay Rise, that records successful union strategies used to achieve minimum living wages.

It lists the practices used by unions across eight countries: Argentina, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Senegal, and South Africa.

They include: public campaigns; industrial action, compiling evidence, including on the cost of living; and using international labour standards to support higher minimum wages.

Owen Tudor, ITUC deputy general secretary, commented: “This report comes at a critical time, as wages are stagnating and are not keeping pace with GDP growth or productivity, while rising inflation is dramatically eroding the real value of workers’ wages and threatening their livelihoods.”