TUC Midlands Regional Secretary Lee Barron said:
“People who work for a living ought to earn a decent living. It’s not right that so many people here in the East Midlands don’t earn enough to cover basic living costs like food for their families or money for rent and bills.
“And many of those struggling to get by will be the key workers getting us through this crisis – such as carers, supermarket staff and delivery drivers.
“The prime minister promised to ‘level up’ Britain. Ministers must start by working with unions to ‘level up’ pay and conditions across the country, including here in the East Midlands.”
Nationally, the Foundation revealed that there are over 5.5 million workers living below the real Living Wage.