Union to use International Youth Day to highlight issue of low pay for young workers in Birmingham


A union has called for a better deal for younger workers in Birmingham.

The GMB will be in the city centre today (August 12th) as part of International Youth Day in a bid to raise awareness about the need for equal pay for those aged under 25.

The union says workers in the age bracket are often paid the National Minimum Wage rather than the Real Living Wage.

Members will target pubs, clubs and hotels on Broad Street from 4pm.

Sam Fagan, Chair of GMB Young Members, said: “People under 25 don’t get a discount on their rent, their shopping or their bus fares. In fact, they often have to pay higher rents due to cuts on housing benefit for young people as well as extortionate motor insurance prices

“So why should they be paid less?”

Sam added that it was important businesses ensured all workers get a fair deal.

“Young people working in pubs, bars and restaurants are particularly likely to suffer from poverty pay,” Sam explained. “That’s why on International Youth Day GMB will be hitting Broad Street to spread the word about equal pay for young people.”



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