JEREMY Corbyn today stepped up his bid to court the youth vote by calling for firms to be forced to hike wages for teenage employees.
Jeremy Corbyn stepped up his bid to court the youth vote
The Labour leader said his party’s £10-an-hour Living Wage pledge would be extended to 16 and 17-year-old workers if he became prime minister.
His suggestion, which could drive up wage bills for thousands of companies, came ahead of his high-profile visit to the Glastonbury Festival today.
And it suggested the Labour leader is already extending his business-bashing policy ambitions within just three weeks of the last general election.
Mr Corbyn said the policy “should apply to all workers” when challenged on Labour’s General Election manifesto policy to raise the hourly rate for all adult workers.
Currently under-18s only have to be paid £4.05 an hour, while other younger age groups are not required to be paid the national £7.50 rate.
Speaking at a Unison conference in Brighton, Mr Corbyn was asked by one delegate whether 16-year-olds should also be paid Labour’s living wage.
In response, Mr Corbyn said: “You’re absolutely right.
“Yes, the £10 an hour living wage, real living wage, is correct and also should apply to all workers, because I don’t think young people eat less than old people – that’s my experience anyway.”
Other groups as well as under-18s do not have to be paid the current living wage.