Andrew Smith MP today marked the 15th anniversary of the National Minimum Wage.
Andrew was joined by Anneliese Dodds (Labour's top MEP candidate for the South East) and Sally Copley (Labour's candidate for Oxford West & Abingdon) to celebrate the anniversary of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) which was one of the flagship policies of the last Labour government and is credited with making a massive contribution to making work pay, boosting living standards and tackling in-work poverty.
Alan Buckle, former Deputy Chairman of KPMG, is leading a review for Labour on how the NMW can be strengthened, including looking at extending the role and powers of the Low Pay Commission.
Andrew said: "The NMW is one of the proudest achievements of the last Labour government - a huge step forward in tackling poverty pay and boost living standards.
"Earlier this year I voted in Parliament for action to strengthen the NMW and encourage more employers to pay a living wage, as well as introducing higher fines for firms found not paying it and for local authorities to be given enforcement powers - measures which were shamefully voted down by Lib Dem and Tory MPs.
"I'm pleased that, at a time when many people are facing a cost of living crisis, Labour is commitment to build upon our proud record and work with employers to get them to pay a living wage to their employees.
Last year Ed Miliband announced that a future Labour government would introduce 'make work pay' contracts to incentivise firms to pay the living wage.
Andrew added: "Here in Oxford the Labour-run City Council already pay their workers a living wage and I support the efforts of campaign groups, such as the Oxford Living Wage Campaign, who are working closely with major employers to get them to pay their staff a fairer wage."