Gordon has called on the Tory-led Government to do more to incentivise employers to pay the Living Wage in Blackpool after shock figures revealed that more than 40% of people in his constituency were paid less than the £7.85 rate.
His comments come after findings by the TUC found that 42.1% of working people in Blackpool South were being paid less than the living wage amount.
The Blackpool South MP said the Tories should implement Labour’s policy of offering a year’s tax break to businesses who pay their staff a Living Wage – a move that Gordon said would be beneficial to all, including the local community and economy.
Gordon, who will be speaking at next month’s regional TUC Conference in Blackpool on issues around the cost of living said: “It is shocking that more than 40% of people working in Blackpool are being paid less than the Living Wage. Low pay is a big problem in Blackpool and because of the cost of living crisis, working families in Blackpool are on average £1,600 worse off under this Government.
“We need to see a far greater commitment from the Tory-led Government to making work pay, encouraging and making it easier for businesses and organisations to pay the Living Wage.
“This would not just be of benefit to the employer and employee but also the local community and Blackpool economy - that’s why the Coalition should seriously look at Labour’s plans to offer a tax breaks to firms that pay the £7.85 rate an hour.”
Gordon also said it was “disturbing” to discover that the Blackpool franchise of Papa Johns had been found paying its staff less than the minimum wage and said the Tory-led Government had been very poor up to now in taking action against businesses that do.
He added: “It is very concerning that a Blackpool business has been found paying less than the national minimum wage.
“Up to now the Government have been very slow in dealing with such businesses that are doing this. Their record on taking action against those breaking the law has been very poor with not one business was prosecuted at all last year.
“They need to take swift action and put in place stronger enforcement measures to ensure this does not happen again.”