Sunday, 01 April 2018 06:12

TORIES LETTING YOUNG PEOPLE DOWN WITH DISCRIMINATORY MINIMUM WAGE RATES

SNP DEMAND UK GOVERNMENT CHANGE LAW TO ENSURE REAL LIVING WAGE FOR ALL

The SNP has said the Tory UK government is “letting young people down” by refusing to change the law to ensure all that workers are entitled to a real Living Wage.

Under current UK government legislation, younger workers can be discriminated against with lower wages, despite doing the same job. As of 1st April 2018, workers over the age of 25 are entitled to at least £7.83 an hour, while those aged 21 to 24 are only entitled to £7.38 an hour, those aged 18 to 20 are only entitled to £5.90 an hour, those under 18 are only entitled to £4.20 an hour, and apprentices are entitled to just £3.70 an hour.

27-year-old SNP MP for Glasgow East, David Linden, who left school at the age of 16 and started work as an apprentice, is calling on the UK government to “stop discriminating against young people”, and urgently change the law to ensure that all workers are entitled to a real Living Wage – currently £8.75 in Scotland, £10.20 in London.

While the powers to set the minimum wage remain reserved to Westminster, the SNP Scottish Government is working to encourage employers to pay the real Living Wage in Scotland. The SNP government’s Living Wage accreditation scheme has ensured over 1000 employers now pay a real Living Wage in Scotland – with plans to ensure a further 25,000 people benefit from their employer becoming Living Wage accredited in the next three years. 81.6% of Scottish workers earn the real Living Wage, the highest rate in the UK.

Commenting, David Linden MP said:

“The UK government must stop discriminating against young people – and finally change the law to ensure that all workers are entitled to a real Living Wage.

“The Tories are letting young people down by stubbornly refusing to end this discrimination, which penalises workers just because of their age, and takes no account of their needs, responsibilities and living costs.

“If the UK government won’t change the law then it must devolve the powers so that the SNP Scottish Government can introduce a real Living Wage for all workers in Scotland.

“The arguments for this discriminatory Tory policy just don’t stack up. The SNP government is working hard to encourage employers to pay a real Living Wage in Scotland – but as long the powers remain reserved to Westminster equality and fairness will remain out of reach for far too many.”

SNP Westminster Press Office - 02072190074, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

National Minimum Wage rates from April 2018: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

Scottish government unveils 'living wage nation' plans: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-41956518

1,000th Scottish Living Wage employer: https://beta.gov.scot/news/1-000th-living-wage-employer/

Read 101 times

Join the SNP

download

Easy Funding


Did you know that whenever you buy anything online –  you could be raising a free donation for Helensburgh SNP?
There are nearly 3,000 retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, who will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to Helensburgh SNP. It’s really simple, and doesn’t cost you anything. All you have to do to join is: Click Here

Donate by Paypal

     If you would like to support Helensburgh SNP please donate by clicking on the button below

Facebook

Helensburgh Branch Newsletters

branch newsletters

Brendan O'Hara MP Newsletter

brendan newsletter

Helensburgh Foodbank

FoodbankCartons of Long Life Milk, Packets of 1kg Rice, Packets of 500g Pasta, Jars of Pasta Sauce, Tins of Baked Beans, Tins of Vegetables, Tins of Fruit, Boxes of 80 and 160 Teabags, Boxes of Cuppa Soup, Boxes of Breakfast Cereal Bars