GMB YOUNG WORKERS URGE GOVERNMENT TO END WAGE DISCRIMINATION FOR UNDER 25'S
We don’t all live at home with our parents eating smashed avocado on toast – many of us have housing costs to pay for and some work two jobs just to make ends meet say GMB young members.
GMB Young Members are urging the Government end wage discrimination for under 25s and lift millions of young people from work poverty.
Currently, age banding in the National Minimum Wage system sees workers under 25 paid up to 46% lower than their older colleagues. 
This means younger workers – even those with more experience - are paid less than their older colleagues for doing the same job.
Millions of young workers are affected by these lower wage rates, many struggling with the same living costs as older colleagues whilst getting paid less for doing the same job.
On 6th July, a Private Members Bill is being read in Parliament calling for an end to wage discrimination. 
GMB Young Members are calling on MPs to turn out to the reading, vote in favour of the change and help young people get the pay they deserve.
Ruth Pitchford, Chair of GMB Young Members Network said:
“The Government's current policy of wage discrimination for under 25's from the is completely unfair, and shows no regard for the work and effort young people put in to helping this country's economy thrive.
“We are the largest group now facing low pay and precarious hours, a combination that traps young people all across the country in in-work poverty.
“We do not all live at home with our parents eating smashed avocado on toast – many of us have housing costs to pay for and some work two jobs just to make ends meet.
“Our bills are not 46% lower than anyone else’s, so why are our wages?
“We urge young workers across the country to contact their MP about this vital issue.”
Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Today (19/05/18) young workers all across the country are out campaigning in city centres and getting members of the public to contact their MP on the issue. You can follow activities on twitter- @GMBYoungMembers
 16-18 year olds are currently paid 46% lower than the NLW for over 25s. Calculation based on National Living Wage Rates: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates
 Further details of the Bill are available athttps://services.parliament.uk/bills/2017-19/nationallivingwageextensiontoyoungpeople.html