STUC Report: W/Age Rage
The UK’s Minimum Wage laws allow workers to be paid less based on their age, even if their job, skills, and experience match those of colleagues. The law devalues young workers and allows employers to exploit their labour on the cheap. Young workers in Scotland frequently contact the Better Than Zero campaign and the STUC Youth Committee to express their anger about this lawfully permitted 'discriminatory’ pay.
Rising anger, both at employers and the Government, is registered in the increasing numbers of young people joining trade unions. Through Better than Zero, they are developing new ways to take collective action against those employers who use the bare legal minimums to keep labour costs low. To support these initiatives, the Youth Committee decided to investigate the reality.
The STUC’s youth committee recently surveyed 100 people working in care homes, bars and restaurants, retail, the postal service, local authorities, fast food outlets, call centres and cinemas in order to find out the sectors of the Scottish economy in which wages vary based purely on age.More...