When people argue that not being paid the minimum wage isn’t important when you consider the invaluable work experience you get when you carry out an apprenticeship or internship, they ignore that young people still have to pay the same levels of rent as anyone else and often have to pay back student debt loans too. Like other low earners, we’re forced to pay more for most things, from food to utilities – the so called “Poverty Premium”. It’s not only discriminatory that the national minimum wage is lower for people under 22, there are even calls that it should be frozen full stop for young people.
That’s why we should equalise the minimum wage for all young people, including those under 22, on apprenticeships, internships and other work placements.
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