Home Business Labour pledges to extend £10 per hour 'Real Living Wage' to under...

Labour pledges to extend £10 per hour ‘Real Living Wage’ to under 18’s

Must Read

UK pensioners ‘suffering the worst poverty rate in western Europe’

Tories warned against further rises to the state pension age.

A homeless person dies every 19 hours in austerity Britain

Services are failing to protect homelessness people, say campaigners.

One in four households facing homelessness are already in work

Campaigners calls for the reversal of social security benefit cuts.

New DWP Secretary called for ‘tax on pensioners’

Tories can't be trusted on pensions, says SNP MP.

Labour has today announced that it will extend its ‘Real Living Wage’ of £10 per hour to under 18 year olds.

Jeremy Corbyn said Labour will abolish the ‘youth rate’ of the minimum wage and ensure that workers who are under the age of 18 are paid a Real Living Wage at the same rate as their colleagues.

Workers under the age of 18 are currently only entitled to a minimum wage of £4.35 per hour, just over half the National Minimum Wage of £8.21 which is only paid to those aged 25 and over.



Photo credit: J D Mack via photopin cc

Labour’s pledge to extend the Real Living Wage of £10 per hour will make the average young worker better off by £48.45 per week, or £2,519 per year.

Average real pay for 16 and 17 year olds is still below its 2006 level, and young workers are more likely to be in insecure work and on zero hours contracts than their older colleagues.

The Party says it will use fiscal savings arising from a reduction in the amount that the Treasury pays out in in-work benefits to provide targeted support for SMEs to enable them to pay the Real Living Wage to all staff, guided by the Living Wage Review Body.

The Labour leader will also criticise the Conservatives’ record, accusing the government of “discriminating against young people” by trebling tuition fees, scrapping the Education Maintenance Allowance and failing to tackle the housing crisis.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “Equal pay for equal work is hardly a controversial idea, so why are we discriminating against young people?

“You don’t get a discount at the shops for being under 18. But if the person serving you on the other side of the counter is young, they could be on half the wage of their colleagues.

“It’s time to end this discrimination. Young people’s work should be properly valued, not exploited by employers to cut their wage bill. If they’re doing the job, pay them the wage – the Real Living Wage.



“So when Labour gets into power, we’ll abolish the Youth Rate of the minimum wage.

“Workers should be rewarded for their work, not their age. Equal rights for workers means just that – irrespective of age, gender, nationality or race.

“For a 16-year-old currently on the minimum wage, what I’m announcing today will mean a pay rise from £4.35 an hour this year under a Tory government, to £10 an hour next year under Labour – more than double.

“For the average 16-17-year-old in employment, that will make them more than £2,500 a year better off.

“Imagine what that will do for the lives of young people, especially those from poorer backgrounds. It will be nothing less than life changing.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photo credit: EAN-1067 via photopin (license)

He said the Conservatives in power have “failed young people”,

“They’ve trebled your tuition fees. They’ve scrapped your Education Maintenance Allowance.

“They’ve made it nearly impossible to move out of your parents’ home because rents are sky high.



“And as for buying a house, that’s an idea from another generation because they haven’t built any.

“They’ve closed youth centres, cut arts funding, and are risking your entire future by failing to tackle the climate emergency.

“Labour will give young people hope: a Real Living Wage at work, and education as a right, not a privilege.

“Because we want everybody, regardless of their background, to be able to reach their full potential.

“That’s what socialism is really about.”

Support Us!

Please support our work in highlighting the struggles faced by poor and vulnerable people in the UK with a small donation. Please only give as much as you can afford.

FOLLOW US

16,633FansLike
9,359FollowersFollow

Latest News

One in four households facing homelessness are already in work

Campaigners calls for the reversal of social security benefit cuts.

‘Shocking’ impact of UK welfare cuts revealed

Impact of Tory welfare cuts on Scottish households laid bare in damning new report.

Unpaid carers unable to see a doctor because they can’t get a break from caring

Charity calls for better support for unpaid carers to enable them to take breaks from caring.

Homelessness in England soars 11% as campaigners demand £12.8bn every year for social housing

Campaigners blame a national shortage in homes for social rent and cuts to social security benefits.

130,000 families forced to live in one-bed flats, research shows

National Housing Federation calls for a £12.8bn investment in social housing.

DON'T MISS