Quarter of Keighley workers paid less than living wage

John Grogan

John Grogan

First published in News

More than a quarter of Keighley workers are paid less than the living wage, new figures reveal.

The TUC says 26 per cent of the constituency’s working population earns under £7.65 an hour. The average is 22 per cent across Yorkshire and the Humber.

The figures have been released to coincide with the TUC’s Fair Pay Fortnight and to mark the 15th anniversary of the introduction of the minimum wage.

Neil Foster, TUC regional policy and campaigns officer, said: “It used to be that going to work was enough to lift someone out of poverty, but wages are so low now this is no longer the case.

“Tackling low pay across Keighley would make a direct impact on one in four workers, but it would also strengthen the local economy. People need money in their pocket to spend with local shops and businesses for a recovery to take off here.”

The TUC stages an information stall in Low Street, Keighley, from noon to 1.30pm on Saturday.

John Grogan, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Keighley, said: “I welcome the TUC coming to Keighley, which is a town with a proud tradition of trade unionism over the decades.

“Without trade unions in previous generations, we would never have got holiday or sick pay, and I hope in this generation, as a result of the TUC’s campaign, we can move towards a living wage for all.”

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5:28pm Wed 2 Apr 14

pjl20 says...

Very little has been done within the Keighley & Ilkley constituency to encourage any inward investment and the creation of new job opportunities.

I believe this is because of the complete lack of expertise in new business development by almost all of the politicians who have been elected as an MP, not only for the Keighley & Ilkley constituency, but anywhere in West Yorkshire.

This has to change, because this is the missing element that will revitalise the whole area.

Many development sites exist alongside the Airedale Valley dual-track road, but where are the entrepreneurs?
Very little has been done within the Keighley & Ilkley constituency to encourage any inward investment and the creation of new job opportunities. I believe this is because of the complete lack of expertise in new business development by almost all of the politicians who have been elected as an MP, not only for the Keighley & Ilkley constituency, but anywhere in West Yorkshire. This has to change, because this is the missing element that will revitalise the whole area. Many development sites exist alongside the Airedale Valley dual-track road, but where are the entrepreneurs? pjl20
  • Score: -1

12:51am Thu 3 Apr 14

G_Firth says...

Mr Grogan needs to take a history lesson.
It was his party that created this mess in the first place and why wages have been stagnated as well are contracted for so log.
I doubt very much that Mr Grogan will also be present on Saturday as I doubt very much that he even knows where Low Street is in Keighley or even Keighley for that matter.
Does Mr Grogan have any plans to boost Keighley's job market, business or anything for that matter other than following the party line.
What are his views on the College plot, or even as pjl20 states the development sites around Keighley and even Keighley centre.
What about the empty shops, and a whole gamut of other things.
Has Mr Grogan even attended any of the Parish council meetings or Forums.
The answer to all of that is he's banking on the collapse of the Tory vote in favour of Labour.
Labour who have no policies on the EU, a joke of an energy policy that doesn't even take into account that we are rapidly heading for brown outs thanks to his party closing down power plants before having the replacements in place. They brought in the Bedroom tax and instigated the heinous benefit reforms by hiring ATOS, They sold of the nations gold deposits at rock bottom price, closed down 12 hospitals nationally, signed the Lisbon treaty and didn't have a clue on immigration numbers.
On top of all that they did zero building that has also caused the mess we have in housing right now.
The sooner the TUC follows the lead of UNITE the better.
Mr Grogan needs to take a history lesson. It was his party that created this mess in the first place and why wages have been stagnated as well are contracted for so log. I doubt very much that Mr Grogan will also be present on Saturday as I doubt very much that he even knows where Low Street is in Keighley or even Keighley for that matter. Does Mr Grogan have any plans to boost Keighley's job market, business or anything for that matter other than following the party line. What are his views on the College plot, or even as pjl20 states the development sites around Keighley and even Keighley centre. What about the empty shops, and a whole gamut of other things. Has Mr Grogan even attended any of the Parish council meetings or Forums. The answer to all of that is he's banking on the collapse of the Tory vote in favour of Labour. Labour who have no policies on the EU, a joke of an energy policy that doesn't even take into account that we are rapidly heading for brown outs thanks to his party closing down power plants before having the replacements in place. They brought in the Bedroom tax and instigated the heinous benefit reforms by hiring ATOS, They sold of the nations gold deposits at rock bottom price, closed down 12 hospitals nationally, signed the Lisbon treaty and didn't have a clue on immigration numbers. On top of all that they did zero building that has also caused the mess we have in housing right now. The sooner the TUC follows the lead of UNITE the better. G_Firth
  • Score: -2

7:55am Thu 3 Apr 14

Little Green Man says...

G_Firth wrote:
Mr Grogan needs to take a history lesson.
It was his party that created this mess in the first place and why wages have been stagnated as well are contracted for so log.
I doubt very much that Mr Grogan will also be present on Saturday as I doubt very much that he even knows where Low Street is in Keighley or even Keighley for that matter.
Does Mr Grogan have any plans to boost Keighley's job market, business or anything for that matter other than following the party line.
What are his views on the College plot, or even as pjl20 states the development sites around Keighley and even Keighley centre.
What about the empty shops, and a whole gamut of other things.
Has Mr Grogan even attended any of the Parish council meetings or Forums.
The answer to all of that is he's banking on the collapse of the Tory vote in favour of Labour.
Labour who have no policies on the EU, a joke of an energy policy that doesn't even take into account that we are rapidly heading for brown outs thanks to his party closing down power plants before having the replacements in place. They brought in the Bedroom tax and instigated the heinous benefit reforms by hiring ATOS, They sold of the nations gold deposits at rock bottom price, closed down 12 hospitals nationally, signed the Lisbon treaty and didn't have a clue on immigration numbers.
On top of all that they did zero building that has also caused the mess we have in housing right now.
The sooner the TUC follows the lead of UNITE the better.
How about answering some of your own questions?
[quote][p][bold]G_Firth[/bold] wrote: Mr Grogan needs to take a history lesson. It was his party that created this mess in the first place and why wages have been stagnated as well are contracted for so log. I doubt very much that Mr Grogan will also be present on Saturday as I doubt very much that he even knows where Low Street is in Keighley or even Keighley for that matter. Does Mr Grogan have any plans to boost Keighley's job market, business or anything for that matter other than following the party line. What are his views on the College plot, or even as pjl20 states the development sites around Keighley and even Keighley centre. What about the empty shops, and a whole gamut of other things. Has Mr Grogan even attended any of the Parish council meetings or Forums. The answer to all of that is he's banking on the collapse of the Tory vote in favour of Labour. Labour who have no policies on the EU, a joke of an energy policy that doesn't even take into account that we are rapidly heading for brown outs thanks to his party closing down power plants before having the replacements in place. They brought in the Bedroom tax and instigated the heinous benefit reforms by hiring ATOS, They sold of the nations gold deposits at rock bottom price, closed down 12 hospitals nationally, signed the Lisbon treaty and didn't have a clue on immigration numbers. On top of all that they did zero building that has also caused the mess we have in housing right now. The sooner the TUC follows the lead of UNITE the better.[/p][/quote]How about answering some of your own questions? Little Green Man
  • Score: -5

11:07am Thu 3 Apr 14

notthecivic says...

and what will ukip do ?
and what will ukip do ? notthecivic
  • Score: -2

11:14am Thu 3 Apr 14

MarkPullen says...

notthecivic wrote:
and what will ukip do ?
Blame everybody else and still remain unelectable! ;-)
[quote][p][bold]notthecivic[/bold] wrote: and what will ukip do ?[/p][/quote]Blame everybody else and still remain unelectable! ;-) MarkPullen
  • Score: -5

12:41pm Thu 3 Apr 14

jimmy k says...

notthecivic wrote:
and what will ukip do ?
split the tory vote and let labour in,here and nationally.
[quote][p][bold]notthecivic[/bold] wrote: and what will ukip do ?[/p][/quote]split the tory vote and let labour in,here and nationally. jimmy k
  • Score: -4

12:56pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Stevo54 says...

And in the meantime the KN will have photo of the grinning dope on every non news story it runs.
And in the meantime the KN will have photo of the grinning dope on every non news story it runs. Stevo54
  • Score: 0

12:23pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Mixter says...

jimmy k wrote:
notthecivic wrote:
and what will ukip do ?
split the tory vote and let labour in,here and nationally.
Flawed thinking. Its Labour who will lose most to UKIP. Labour voters - being tradionally working (if they are lucky) folk are going to be more susceptible to voting UKIP, as i believe there are more Labour voters likely to be impacted upon by immigration - one of UKIPs main draws. More Labour voters affected by unemployment, housing and health - all 'problems' rightly or wrongly attributed to mass immigration. Its Milliband - if hes still in the chair come election time, thats going to lose the most to Farages crew.
[quote][p][bold]jimmy k[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notthecivic[/bold] wrote: and what will ukip do ?[/p][/quote]split the tory vote and let labour in,here and nationally.[/p][/quote]Flawed thinking. Its Labour who will lose most to UKIP. Labour voters - being tradionally working (if they are lucky) folk are going to be more susceptible to voting UKIP, as i believe there are more Labour voters likely to be impacted upon by immigration - one of UKIPs main draws. More Labour voters affected by unemployment, housing and health - all 'problems' rightly or wrongly attributed to mass immigration. Its Milliband - if hes still in the chair come election time, thats going to lose the most to Farages crew. Mixter
  • Score: 2

2:00pm Sat 5 Apr 14

billys says...

Labour and Tory will prob lose votes to UKIP, not to worry there are three experienced Keighley town councillors that if they win can bring their expertise to city hall.
Labour and Tory will prob lose votes to UKIP, not to worry there are three experienced Keighley town councillors that if they win can bring their expertise to city hall. billys
  • Score: 3

5:28pm Sat 5 Apr 14

jimmy k says...

Mixter wrote:
jimmy k wrote:
notthecivic wrote:
and what will ukip do ?
split the tory vote and let labour in,here and nationally.
Flawed thinking. Its Labour who will lose most to UKIP. Labour voters - being tradionally working (if they are lucky) folk are going to be more susceptible to voting UKIP, as i believe there are more Labour voters likely to be impacted upon by immigration - one of UKIPs main draws. More Labour voters affected by unemployment, housing and health - all 'problems' rightly or wrongly attributed to mass immigration. Its Milliband - if hes still in the chair come election time, thats going to lose the most to Farages crew.
i beg to differ,the strong tory vote in ilkley will definitely be split as they are certainly more euro sceptic,labour voters will still vote labour as they are more likely to be bothered about benefits,public services etc rather then immigration come the election we'll see who has the flawed thinking.
[quote][p][bold]Mixter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jimmy k[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notthecivic[/bold] wrote: and what will ukip do ?[/p][/quote]split the tory vote and let labour in,here and nationally.[/p][/quote]Flawed thinking. Its Labour who will lose most to UKIP. Labour voters - being tradionally working (if they are lucky) folk are going to be more susceptible to voting UKIP, as i believe there are more Labour voters likely to be impacted upon by immigration - one of UKIPs main draws. More Labour voters affected by unemployment, housing and health - all 'problems' rightly or wrongly attributed to mass immigration. Its Milliband - if hes still in the chair come election time, thats going to lose the most to Farages crew.[/p][/quote]i beg to differ,the strong tory vote in ilkley will definitely be split as they are certainly more euro sceptic,labour voters will still vote labour as they are more likely to be bothered about benefits,public services etc rather then immigration come the election we'll see who has the flawed thinking. jimmy k
  • Score: 0

11:23pm Sat 5 Apr 14

MarkPullen says...

pjl20 wrote:
Very little has been done within the Keighley & Ilkley constituency to encourage any inward investment and the creation of new job opportunities.

I believe this is because of the complete lack of expertise in new business development by almost all of the politicians who have been elected as an MP, not only for the Keighley & Ilkley constituency, but anywhere in West Yorkshire.

This has to change, because this is the missing element that will revitalise the whole area.

Many development sites exist alongside the Airedale Valley dual-track road, but where are the entrepreneurs?
Strange this.....you have been making the comment that you aren't focussing yet on your attempt to become electable for Keighley whilst you pursue the Ilkley ward on BMDC and yet you have commented politically on a Keighley story.

Maybe you are selective - just like when to answer questions?
[quote][p][bold]pjl20[/bold] wrote: Very little has been done within the Keighley & Ilkley constituency to encourage any inward investment and the creation of new job opportunities. I believe this is because of the complete lack of expertise in new business development by almost all of the politicians who have been elected as an MP, not only for the Keighley & Ilkley constituency, but anywhere in West Yorkshire. This has to change, because this is the missing element that will revitalise the whole area. Many development sites exist alongside the Airedale Valley dual-track road, but where are the entrepreneurs?[/p][/quote]Strange this.....you have been making the comment that you aren't focussing yet on your attempt to become electable for Keighley whilst you pursue the Ilkley ward on BMDC and yet you have commented politically on a Keighley story. Maybe you are selective - just like when to answer questions? MarkPullen
  • Score: -1

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