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Council to lobby the Government to bring in law to stop age-based pay discrimination.

Gateshead Council has agreed to lobby the Government to bring in a law to stop age-based pay discrimination.

The Council believes that young people deserve a fair day's wage for a fair day's work. However, if you are under 25 you can legally be paid less per hour than someone older even if you are doing the same job.

Councillor Robert Waugh told a full meeting of the Council: "This means in some cases under 18s working full time could earn £600 per month less than a counterpart aged 25, purely because of their age."

The Council has resolved to lobby the Government to bring about legislation that means the age of an employee does not dictate how much their labour is worth to their employer.

It will also encourage its supply chain to pay a fair day's wage regardless of age as well as look into the possibility of committing to stipulating contractors and sub-contractors must give equal pay to under 25s when the Council awards contracts in the future.

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31 January 2020

Gateshead Council has agreed to lobby the Government to bring in a law to stop age-based pay discrimination.

The Council believes that young people deserve a fair day's wage for a fair day's work. However, if you are under 25 you can legally be paid less per hour than someone older even if you are doing the same job.

Councillor Robert Waugh told a full meeting of the Council: "This means in some cases under 18s working full time could earn £600 per month less than a counterpart aged 25, purely because of their age."

The Council has resolved to lobby the Government to bring about legislation that means the age of an employee does not dictate how much their labour is worth to their employer.

It will also encourage its supply chain to pay a fair day's wage regardless of age as well as look into the possibility of committing to stipulating contractors and sub-contractors must give equal pay to under 25s when the Council awards contracts in the future.

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