Minimum wage offer not enough
Today, April 1, George Osborne's so-called "living wage" of £7.20 an hour for workers aged 25 and over comes into force. This measure falls far short of the Living Wage Foundation's call for £8.25 an hour.
Workers under 25, like myself, will be exempt from the 'living wage', falling further behind and becoming a reserve of super-exploited, cheap labour. Youth exemptions must be scrapped.
We will have to follow the example of workers in the US, fighting for a $15 an hour minimum wage, and who are winning victories through grassroots organisation.
East Belfast Labour Alternative