Now we know why the Conservatives have committed to introduce the living wage by 2020, when the minimum wage will be £9 an hour. A Daily Mail article by Gerri Peev, Political Correspondent of the Daily Mail, is here.
George Osborne said this:
It’s right that with more women in the workplace than ever, we do all we can to support them. Two-thirds of those who will benefit from the new national living wage are women, which is something I hope everyone will celebrate.
We know from a report written in 2013 by Belinda Brown, a social anthropologist – ‘Getting women into the workplace encourages replacement, not growth’ – that female employment is a driver of male unemployment. Our blog piece on the matter has a link to that report.
The bottom line is this:
The living wage will drive up female employment and male unemployment, although for many years a majority of unemployed people have been men.
The Conservatives continue being an anti-male party, which is why we plan to contest the party’s top 20 marginal seats at the 2020 general election. Our strategy for that election is here.