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‘Got to be a willingness to work’ Cafe owner slams Brits snubbing unpopular jobs

Cafe owner questions whether Brits have a 'willingness to work'

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Cafe owner Ross Blake told has BBC Radio 5 Live host Nicky Campbell that the UK Government should do more to incentivize people to seek work. Mr Blake agreed that ae there are some jobs that British workers don’t want to do. He argued, “there’s got to be a willingness to work,” amid a crisis in recruitment for UK business owners with not enough job-seekers to fill vacancies.

Mr Blake told 5 Live: “There has got to be a willingness to want to work.

“I think wages do have to go up to encourage those people at the lower end of the wage scale to be incentivized to work.

“That is what we are trying to do.”

He agreed with the host overall that there were some jobs that Britons were simply not prepared to do.”

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It comes as on Wednesday, GB News presenter, and former Labour MP, Gloria De Piero argued that a move to increase the national minimum wage by Rishi Sunak would deliver a severe blow to the Labour Party.

Boris Johnson is believed to be on the verge of agreeing to a rise in the minimum wage to £9.70 an hour.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer faces a bitter internal split with his party of a minimum wage of £10 or the £15 backed by leftwingers.

Ms De Piero told GB News: “Looking ahead the budget there is speculation that the minimum wage will rise to nearly £10 an hour.

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“We will see when Rishi Sunk delivers that budget.

“Of course the Labour Party went into the last election promising a £10 an hour minimum wage.

“So that would indeed course a dividing line and some difficulties for Labour if Rishi Sunak does deliver that.”

Reports suggest the Conservative leader is only weeks away from signing off on a minimum wage rise as he looks to lead from the front in establishing higher pay in society.

The Times said the lowest earners on the so-called national living wage – the minimum wage paid to those over the age of 23 – could receive about £9.42 an hour, an increase of more than 5 percent.

The Low Pay Commission, which advises governments on minimum wage levels, is expected to publish its final report on the April 2022 levels later this month and the £9.42 rate had been its central projection.

Mr Johnson was pressed on ITV News about a possible hike in the hourly floor rate but left the matter open-ended, saying on Tuesday: “We will take guidance from the Low Pay Commission, and we will see where we get to.”

In his address to the Conservative conference, Mr Johnson called for more measures to bring in foreign workers to plug gaps in the haulage and agriculture industries, the Prime Minister again called on businesses to do more to lift wages and attract more workers.

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