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82% of Unite members unable to make pay last the whole month - Turn2us

Unite website (link opens in a new window)A survey of 350,000 members of the Unite union, covering industrial, occupational and professional working sectors, suggests that 82% of them are unable to make their wages last for the whole month.

  • 38% had to seek help from friends and family
  • 29% used a second job or savings
  • 21% had an overdraft or used credit cards
  • 12% were forced to resort to payday loans.

Unite has been tracking working people's journeys though the economic crisis. The survey reveals troubling levels of debt as members report housing and food costs as the chief strains on their shrinking incomes.

It also shows changing shopping patterns as working people cut back on healthy food options, eating out and spending at major retailers because they are considered too expensive.

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