But it's not for the government to set or increase pay, it's up to people through a trade union to demand a pay rise.
People are labouring (excuse the pun) under the misapprehension that they can only have a pay rise when things are 'good' or 'productivity' increases.
They are also under the illusion that for some bizarre reason their employer will simply graciously award a rise; but let's face it, your employer wouldn't even give you paid holidays if it wasn't the law.
Your employer is not your friend, you’re just a commodity.
Why else do you think that the 'Personnel' department disappeared in this brave new, money mad 'business' world?
The clue is in the name.
It was replaced with the ridiculous sounding and truly pathetic, never mind demeaning, 'human resources', or 'HR', as the luvvies at this new (somewhat blunt) cutting edge are so fond of saying.
You see. You're not even a person anymore, as in 'Personnel'; you're simply a 'resource'.
And one to be exploited.
People have been brainwashed that unions are a bad thing; troublemakers, strife, unrest and all the rest of it.
It's been made unfashionable, to even associate with a union leads the liberal elite and their media friend to label people as communist, as you see with regard to names such as 'red Ed' for David Milliband.
Hence, perhaps why some think it's somehow the job of the government to act.
Although quite why Labour tries to play down the role of unions in the party is beyond me.
After all, it's what the Labour party was born out of and existed to represent the common working man and is largely still funded by today.
Why be ashamed of that?
The Tory party is funded by the wealthy elite and corporations which is hardly reputable; they're always to be found with anyone swashing about in money.
Anyway, I digress; the point is that because (largely) people do not stick together, as organized labour and demand a pay rise, is why they don't get one.
Granted, successive governments have clamped down on union rights making it harder to strike and the rise of the use of agency workers has not helped.
Neither has the large increase in women in certain jobs either, as on the whole, they're simply not interested in political or industrial strife.
All of these effects have been encouraged by government, as they know all weaken the position of unions.
But let's look at the RMT union and their train drivers and signalmen for example.
They always get a pay rise.
And why is why is that?
Well, firstly they stick together and ask for one and secondly, they're prepared to take industrial action in support of any claim.
The fools that moan about the disruption it causes prove the whole point of going on strike!
If the junior doctors hold their nerve and continue to withdraw their labour, they will win.
The pressure caused by the disruption will lead the public and more importantly, senior consultants covering for the loss, to demand something is done to end the dispute.
I hope they do hold their nerve; we've written about this before (see Blog, Jeremy Hunt and the junior doctors' pay (cut) dispute 11/2/16.) and fully support them.
The notion that you should and indeed can only get a pay rise if there is increased productivity or a 'boom' in the economy is nonsense.
For one, it doesn't apply to the financial sector, company directors and their like.
They gain massive pay and bonus increases out of all proportion to any reality, irrelevant of how well or poorly they have performed, let alone how well the company has done.
We know this is because they are in charge of the system they operate and simply have their hands in the till, or rather snouts in the trough because they are greedy.
The price of everything goes up every year, so you need a pay rise.
That has nothing to do with productivity or the profitability of your employer; it's a cost that should be allowed for and if it can't be met, you go out of business and another firm that can afford to, will fill the gap in the market.
The Government would have you believe the rate of inflation is 0% but, as usual, anyone with a brain can see that is simply laughable.
Food prices may have been relatively stable, but even that's a sleight of hand, as everything from packets of sweets and boxes of chocolates to ready meals have got smaller yet the price has remained the same.
Subsequently, it is a stealth price rise and one which is simply not borne out by any figures.
But then again, we know how that trick is performed, through the entry Statistics, under 'Articles' at the top of the homepage.
Of course there is one other major reason why people don't automatically get annual pay rises; unlimited mass immigration.
For while ever there is an unlimited supply of labour, especially one willing to work for peanuts, there's no pressure to increase pay, full stop.
We’ve written about this before, most noticeably in Blog entry Paid what you're worth on 11/2/16.
Remember this when the people that got a 10% pay rise while you got nothing, tell you that you can't have a pay rise.
Company profits and their cash reserves are at an all-time high.
Yet, somewhat paradoxically, apparently the country is allegedly so strapped for cash we need to curb social security payments to disabled people.
Strange time indeed then for the Tories to be cutting corporation tax and business rates; asking less from wealthy companies at a time they are getting richer.
Of course, cynics would say that the Tories are compensating their wealthy corporate paymasters and friends for having to pay more.
And don't forget, the taxpayer already subsidises company profits through tax credits for low paid, thus condoning and even promoting it.
They can afford to pay you more, they just do not want to dent their profit margins.
Don't forget, in the insane world of modern 'business', anything less than an increase in profits, year on year exponentially, is viewed as a disaster.
Of course, no one else in their right minds even thinks that, let alone believes it.
It's a minimum wage, not a living wage; I was earning more in an unskilled job in the early 1990's for crying out loud.
Do you think for one minute that George Osbourne and his millionaire cronies would turn up to work for that, or the ‘business’ people that oppose it?
Even more ridiculously though, you wouldn't even get that, if it wasn't law.