Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is supporting shop workers trade union Usdaw’s call for a £10 minimum wage and to end “rip-off youth rates”.
Alan said “Going to work should mean a decent standard of living for all workers, not least young workers. Under 27’s are more likely to be paid less than older colleges, even when doing the same job. They also don’t work hours that are not guaranteed in their contract, so they really need fairer and better pay alongside protection against insecure work.”
As things stand only workers 25 and over receive the national minimum living wage, currently at £8.21 an hour, with those 21-24 receiving £7.70 an hour, 18-20 receiving £6.15 an hour, under 18’s being £4.35 an hour, and the apprentice rate being as low as a mere £3.90 an hour.
In some companies, such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s and Co-Op, youth rates have been abolished. The focus of Usdaw is now the campaign to create a minimum wage of at least £10 an hour and calling on the government to tackle zero hour contacts.
Usdaw’s ‘time for better pay’ campaign calls for:
- Young workers to be payed full adult rate
- At least £10 an hour minimum wage rate
- A ban on zero-hour contracts
- Tackling short hour contracts through a statutory minimum contract of 16 hours per week, for those who want it.
- A statutory right to an employment contract that reflects an individual’s normal hours of work.