Rosie Cooper MP for West Lancashire has backed retail union Usdaw in their campaign for 18 year old workers to receive the adult rate of the National Minimum Wage.
“The National Minimum Wage is a tremendous achievement by this Government that has made a real difference to thousands of low paid workers and hundreds of shop staff in West Lancashire.”
“The Government rightly introduced this measure at a relatively low level in 1999 and has built it up over the years allowing employers to more easily absorb the increased costs. The minimum wage has boosted our economic success and not led to the millions of job losses predicted by the Tories who opposed the minimum wage.”
“In 2004 the Government moved to protect vulnerable young workers by extending minimum wage protection to 16 to 17 year old workers, following a successful campaign by Usdaw.”
“This is an issue of fairness as a worker doing an adult job should be paid the adult rate for a honest day’s work at 18 rather than 22 which is why I’m supporting Usdaw’s campaign in parliament.”
John hannett, Usdaw General Secretary said:
“We very much welcome the support of Rosie Cooper MP for this campaign as it doesn’t seem right that a young worker can vote in the General Election but not be paid an adult rate for their work."
“The National Minimum Wage has made a real difference to the retail sector in particular and we were delighted when the Government listened to our campaign about protecting 16 and 17 year old workers by introducing a legally enforceable minimum wage for them.”
“We believe the time is right to look at the minimum wage for 18-21 year old workers. They currently get £4.25 per hour which is 80p less than the adult rate despite doing, in most cases, exactly the same job as their ‘adult colleague’."
“Usdaw is currently surveying our members under 22 years old across the UK asking for their experiences of the National Minimum Wage as part of a strong case we will be putting that evidence to the Low Pay Commission in support of this campaign.”