Monday, July 28, 2008

Labour's not labouring

Is the best way to slow recent rises in youth unemployment to increase the national minimum wage to make them even less attractive to potential employers!?!

"Under pressure from the unions Labour has agreed to extend the adult minimum wage to 21-year-olds. At the moment the full minimum wage of £5.52 applies only to workers aged 22 and over. Those aged between 18 and 21 get £4.60 and 16 to 18-year-olds get £3.40."

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

It depends what you call "youth" - having to be 22 to be considered an adult as far as wages are concerned is absolutely ridiculous, especially as they get the vote at 18. More should be done to encourage the current generation to think and act as adults, and they should be given more respect. Mind you, modern youngsters are apparently completely unconcerned. Give 'em an ipod and they're OK. Bunch of sheep.

Letters From A Tory said...

The problem for Brown is that the lower wage for under 21s was obviously done to keep the figures for NEETs under control - so he will have been reluctant to hand this victory to the unions.

Azuflower said...

Hello...well would you like to be proud of Britain then?.... well, Im a foreign... currently student making the best of this experience as the Brit educational system is excellent at least in higher degrees... once finished I will take it home... because i do miss my sunny lovely weather... adios!

Snafu said...

Anonymous, respect is not to be given, it's to be earned.

Mark Wadsworth said...

You don't understand.

They'll fix the embarrassing problem of yoof unemployment (up slightly since 1997) by making them 'attend school' (whether they turn up or not is by-the-by, of course).

"Norfolk's Mutineer" said...

The quickest way to get youngsters working is to reduce taxation. Allowing a tax threshold of £500 a week, £24,000 a year. Cut back drasticly on taxation so that the tax rate is only 20% in the £. get this lot of thieving politicians off the backs of the working Taxpayer.
You can in actual fact, legally avoid direct Taxation entirely and instal a system of Taxation based on the Parish, Town and County Council. In this fashion, Westminster and Whitehall would no longer be needed.
You will find a link to my site at TheTaxPayersAlliance.com

AxeTheTax./ WatchKeeper said...

The quickest way to get youngsters working is to reduce taxation. Allowing a tax threshold of £500, a week, £24,000 a year. Cut back drasticly on taxation so that the rate of taxation is only 20% in the £. and get this lot of thieving politicians off the backs of the working TaxPayers.
You can in actual fact, legally avoid direct taxation entirely and then instal a system based on the Parish, Town and County Council. In this fashion, Westminster and Whitehall would no longer be needed. www.atflynn.co.uk