Press Release via Youth Fight For Jobs and the Socialist Party.
This Saturday, 12th September, Youth Fight for Jobs, alongside other supporting organisations of the Fast Food Right campaign initiated by the Baker’s, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU,) is holding a protest in Hull calling for a £10 an hour minimum wage and to join a Union.
The protest will assemble outside the McDonalds on Jameson Street at 12 noon.
The protest comes in the light of the announcement by Tory Chancellor George Osborne, of the introduction of a ’living wage’ of £7.20 an hour from next April, but only for those over 25.
Iain Dalton, Yorkshire Organiser of Youth Fight for Jobs commented, “Whilst no low paid worker will say no to an increase in the current miserly hourly rates, Osborne’s proposals fall far short of a genuine living wage. A real living wage would end the need for low paid workers to rely on benefits to top-up low pay – to do so a figure of £10 an hour would be required immediately. £7.20 now is short of that, and £9 an hour in 2020 will still fall far short when inflation is taken into account.”
“But also this policy adds another age-related tier into minimum wage legislation. But young people don’t get a discount on their rent, taxes and utilities – so why should employers get a discount on their pay when they’re doing exactly the same job as every other worker? Youth Fight for Jobs calls for the abolishment of lower youth rates of pay and for a genuine living wage for all workers.”
Estimates vary of between 1m and 5m people work on zero hour contracts, many of those in the fast food industry, whilst the average hourly wage in the industry is £5.50 due to the large numbers of staff who are paid ‘youth rates’ of the minimum wage. Youth Fight for Jobs believes that given many fast food companies are highly profitable, they should pay the £10/hour wage that the TUC and a number of campaign groups think should be the minimum wage.
Hull Red Labour believe that this issues epitomises the malfeasance of this Tory Government.
“Workers conditions used to be eroded”, said Hull Red Labour Leader Dean Kirk. “Now thanks to Cameron and Osborne they are being trashed”.