08 December 2005
Unions will campaign on Youth Rates Private Members Bill
The Council of Trade Unions will be campaigning for political party support for Green MP Sue Bradford's private members bill abolishing youth rates, which was drawn from the ballot in Parliament this afternoon.
"As the SuperSizeMyPay and other campaigns have shown, young workers are not happy with being paid inferior rates to their older workmates. There is no reason why a 16 year old doing the same work as a 19 year should not have wage parity," said Carol Beaumont, CTU Secretary.
"The CTU supports fair pay for a fair day's work, and will continue to campaign for the abolishment of youth rates. We are pleased that Sue Bradford's Bill has been drawn, so Parliament can now debate youth rates and the public can have their say through select committee," said Carol Beaumont.