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Better Pay For Young Workers Needed

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

GMB  Welcome National Minimum Wage Compliance Strengthening But More Needs To Be Done To Raise Living Standards Of Young Workers

Young people in work continue to face lower pay compared to older workers doing the same job due to this government's refusal to equalise National Minimum Wage rates with the new National Living Wage says GMB.

GMB commented on yesterday's announcement of new national minimum wage levels and the government’s acceptance of other Low Pay Commission recommendations. See notes to editors for a link to the Low Pay Commission report.

These recommendations include one for itemised payslips showing employees' hours and earnings and another to give unions the ability to bring claims on behalf of workers and groups of workers, both of which have been fought for by GMB.

The government has announced the new National Minimum Wage rates, effective from October 2016 as follows:

· The National Minimum Wage for 21- to 24-year-olds will rise by 3.7% to £6.95 an hour.

· 18- to 20-year-olds will see their minimum wage rise by 4.7% to £5.55 an hour.

· The minimum wage for 16- to 17-year-olds will rise by 3.4% to £4.00 an hour.

· Apprentices will see their wage rise by 3% to £3.40 an hour.

From April 2016, the national living wage will be £7.20 an hour for workers aged 25 and older.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said, "Young people in work continue to face lower pay compared to older workers doing the same job due to this government's refusal to equalise National Minimum Wage rates with the new National Living Wage. GMB believes this is totally unfair to young workers and will continue to campaign for equal pay for equal work.

GMB is pleased that its campaign for all workers to have the payslip information they need to properly work out if they are being paid what they are entitled to has been listened to. And for trade unions to be able to ensure National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage compliance by bringing forward complaints on behalf of members, rather than members having to do it all themselves is something GMB has long asked for.

These two recommendations from the Low Pay Commission are vital to eradicate unlawful low pay and GMB calls on the government to ensure they are enacted."

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Contact: Brian Strutton 07860 606 13707860 606 137 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691

Notes to Editors

Link to LPC report dated Monday 14th March 2016

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/507455/10493-TSO-Low_Pay-ACCESSIBLE_05.pdf

 

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