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Angela Smith MP for Sheffield, Hillsborough and Usdaw say “OUR TEENAGERS ARE WORTH MORE”


Angela Smith MP for Sheffield, Hillsborough and Usdaw say “OUR TEENAGERS ARE WORTH MORE”

Angela Smith MP and trade union Usdaw have teamed up to campaign for an increase in the minimum wage for 16 and 17 year olds.

Currently, these teenagers are only entitled to £3 an hour, although the Government body which reviews the minimum wage – the low pay commission – is consulting about raising this rate.

Angela Smith MP says “I am very pleased the Government introduced a minimum wage for 16 and 17 year olds, but I believe £3 per hour is too low. Trade unions such as Usdaw bargain for higher wages for teenagers, but many young people work in places where there is no recognised union, so they depend on the minimum wage for a pay rise.”

As part of her campaign Angela Smith is looking for support from local teenagers to help make a case for an increase.

Commenting on her campaign Angel Smith MP said “I would like to see more young people continue in education or training up to the age of 18, but I want to ensure that when they work, they are paid a fair rate.

I believe that it is important for young people to be able to have their say on the minimum wage, so I have produced a short survey which I hope local teenagers will complete to help me make a case to the low pay Commission.”

16 and 17 year olds can call Angela Smith on 0114 231 2889 to request a survey, or they can complete it on line at www.usdaw.org.uk



Notes
1. Usdaw (the union of shop Workers, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the 5th biggest trade union with over 340,000 members including many young people, who mostly work in retail.
2. The Low Pay Commission can be viewed at www.lowpay.gov.uk



Issued : 15 September 2005



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