20 April 2019

More than 130,000 young people in Scotland will get a pay rise with a Labour Government, new figures reveal.

An estimated 130,000 people in Scotland aged between 18 and 24 earned less than the living wage last year. These workers would see a boost in their pay packets under Labour’s plans to introduce a new £10 per hour real living wage.

In total, almost half a million workers across Scotland will get a pay rise with a Labour government.

Labour will transform the lives of young people by introducing a Minimum Student Income, free bus travel for the under 25s, banning zero hours contracts and introducing a ‘Mary Barbour’ law to control rising rents.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said:

“Too many young people are struggling to get on in life because of low pay.

“How can a young person pay their rent never mind save for a deposit for a house when they are getting paid less than the living wage?

“This needs to end, and Labour will take action in government.

“Labour will transform the workplace by creating a £10 an hour minimum wage, ending exploitative zero hours contracts and extending free bus travel to everyone aged under 25.

“Labour will put more money in people's pockets and bring real change to our economy so that it works for the many, not the few.”


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