Extend the National Living Wage to all ages! Paid less, not worth less

Extend the National Living Wage to all ages! Paid less, not worth less

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I started working in a café when I was 22. It was exactly the same job and exactly the same number of hours as my colleagues, but at the end of the day I was taking home less money.

This is because I was under 25 and the National Living Wage didn’t apply to me - even though my outgoings were no different to someone over the age of 25.

That’s why I’m calling on the Government to pay everyone the National Living Wage, no matter what age you are.

Being paid less meant I couldn’t make my cash last to the end of the month. And it’s same for young people across the country. It’s not illegal to pay us less for the same work.

Paying young people less doesn’t make a huge amount of sense. Say you’re 24 years-old, you might have been in an industry for four years already. Being under 25 doesn’t necessarily mean you have less experience. It doesn’t mean you don’t work as hard. And I didn’t suddenly gain a lot more experience on my 25th birthday!

Being younger does not mean we are worth less. We are working hard and contributing fresh ideas to our workplaces.

We might be paid less, but we are not worth less.

Join me and Young Women’s Trust in calling for the National Living Wage to be extended to young people.

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