Nigel Farage has sparked outrage for attacking plans to raise the minimum wage – and for saying it would only fuel a surge in Romanian immigrants.
The UKIP chief ruled out improving the lives of millions of Britons by boosting the £6.50 hourly rate.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady accused Mr Farage of being “economically illiterate”.
She fumed: “Does he really want to be known as the champion of poverty pay? Our economy needs strong wage growth to flourish, not a race to the bottom.”
She added: “Capping the minimum wage would drive down earnings for low-paid workers across the economy.
“Giving bad bosses an excuse to skimp on wages and exploit staff is the last thing we need.”
Her blast came after Mr Farage said a pay hike, which would be a big help to workers such as carers, would only encourage Eastern Europeans to come here for jobs.