West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper reacting to the TUC report findings said:

 

“It is absolutely unacceptable that 73.9 per cent of West Lancashire women in part-time work are being paid below the living wage. Whether part-time or full-time workers, they should receive the living wage.

 

“These figures are a sad reflection of how women are still under-valued in the workplace.  Everyone should be paid equally for work of equal value.

 

“Many women are forced into low-paid part-time jobs, due either to having caring responsibilities for children, sick or elderly relatives and there not being the better paid full-time jobs available to them.

 

“As I have said previously there are still too many hard-working people in West Lancashire who despite being in work find it difficult to make ends meet.  High prices and falling real wages are adding pressure to the cost of living. Paid work should, including part-time work, keep pace with the cost of living to ensure that those in work can live and not just survive.”

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