Restructuring minimum wages


The National Minimum/Living Wage system has become too complicated, making unintentional non-compliance a problem, and is in danger of becoming a political football. The Low Pay Commission should reject the Taylor Review proposal for new separate minimum for workers on zero-hours contracts. We should revert to having just two rates – one for 18-24 year-olds and one for those aged 25 and over. Those under 18 are now required to be in education and training and should not be treated as if they were full-time workers. The ‘National Living Wage’ title is misleading, suggests that employers have responsibilities which belong to government, and should be dropped.

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