Labour would give tax rebates to firms that pay living wage
|A Labour government would encourage businesses to sign up to "make work pay contracts"|
Even with the "encouragement" of financial bribes, Miliband's belief in the integrity of firms and businesses is greater than mine. History demonstrates all too clearly that when government offers financial incentives for firms to take specific measures to encourage employment or increase minimum wages and salaries, the majority of companies will invariably find some means of accepting the grants and some means of avoiding or minimising their commitments under the agreement.
Perhaps Miliband should be thinking more along the lines of the stick rather than the carrot to encourage firms to pay their workers the "living wage".