The Good Jobs Campaign have released a statement regarding the news that McDonald's workers will receive a pay increase, after the first strike in the company's history. This pay rise will impact thousands of young workers – yet employees under the age of 25 are still not entitled to the real Living Wage.
"As experts in supporting young people in the labour market, we know the financial difficulties faced by workers under 25. Yesterday's news that McDonald's youngest employees will receive a pay rise is a small step in the right direction, but they deserve the same pay as everyone else. The real Living Wage, as set by the Living Wage Foundation and paid by over 3800 UK employers, applies to all workers over the age of 18, in recognition of the living costs of young people. That's why we support it. We want to see pay parity for those aged 18 and over and we applaud the courage of the young people who have fought for this monumental change".
Find out more about how the Good Jobs Campaign are working to tackle issues facing young people in the labour market.