Sixteen-year-old workers should be paid at least £10 an hour, says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The Labour general election manifesto included a pledge to raise the minimum wage for 18- to 24-year-olds.to the level of the National Living Wage, paid to those aged 25 or over.
As of April this year, the National Living Wage is paid at a rate of £7.50 an hour for workers aged 25 and over. It is projected to increase to £9 an hour by 2020.
Labour’s manifesto also pledged to raise the National Living Wage to at least £10 an hour by 2020 for workers aged 18 or over.
However, when questioned at the Unison conference in Brighton over whether 16-year-olds should also be eligible, Corbyn said it that “the £10-an-hour living wage, real living wage, is correct and also should apply to all workers, because I don’t think young people eat less than old people”.