Living Wage for Young Workers Campaign
The Government have been accused of discrimination against young people as it was revealed that under 25s will be hundreds of pounds a year worse off than older colleagues due to changes to minimum wage rates introduced by the Government.
Analysis by the House of Commons Library commissioned by Holly shows that someone working full time on the minimum wage, who is paid at the rate for 18 year olds, would earn £3,774 less per year than someone over 25 paid the higher national living wage (NLW). This gap is only going to increase further as the NLW increases towards a target of around £9 an hour.
Holly has a Private Members Bill which would ensure that all workers over the age of 18 would receive the full minimum wage. The bill had its Second Reading on July 6th 2018 however it has stalled in its progress to becoming law after MPs ran out of time to continue their debate. The discussions are scheduled to continue on 23 November.
If passed, the bill would extend the NLW to those aged 18 to 24. At the moment, it is only payable to those aged 25 or older, and those aged under 25 receive the applicable national minimum wage for their age group.
The campaigning around the bill has been well-received on social media, saw young activists come to Parliament in support and received coverage from a number of news outlets. See the list below for a selection of stories about the campaign:
- New Statesman
- Huffington Post (here and here)
- People Management Magazine
- Personnel Today (specialist Human Resources news)
You can read Holly’s full speech to Parliament here.