I THINK it was in the early 1970s that we employees were told that in future we would be awarded a percentage pay rise.
At the time I could not understand how union leaders could accept it.
But much later when I found out the salary of union officials it became clear.
In the 1980s after being made redundant five times I found out you were better off on the dole than in work.
Once you obtain work you pay income tax and national insurance. Immediately you are worse off.
Nothing seems to have changed. I firmly believe percentage wage awards have created the gap between wage ranges.
This is causing benefits to be reduced because the low-paid and pensioners have endured 40 years of lower pay awards.
Anthony Yates, Salisbury