The Labour Party has announced plans to raise the minimum wage to £10-an-hour, including for workers under the age of 18.
Jeremy Corbyn believes that it’s time to end what he calls "discrimination" against young people. Their work "should be properly valued", he argued, "not exploited by employers to cut their wage bill".
“Equal pay for equal work is hardly a controversial idea, so why are we discriminating against young people?”— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) May 12, 2019
Jeremy Corbyn has pledged that a Labour government would raise the minimum wage for 16-17 year olds to £10 an hour saying it would be 'nothing less than life changing'. pic.twitter.com/M2uZFHyirP
Currently, under-18s are entitled to a minimum wage of only £4.35 per hour, compared with £8.21 for over-25s. Under a Labour government, though, this rate would be pushed up, meaning workers aged 16 and 17 could be paid about £2,500 more a year.
But even those workers the policy affects most don't warm to the idea. Listeners Sophie and Robbie are both under-18 – they messaged into Benji Hyer’s Sunday radio show to say that they wouldn't have the jobs in their first place if it wasn't so cheap to hire them.
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Listen to the full discussion from Benji Hyer's radio show on the 'Hyer's Highlights' podcast, here
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