03/09/2009 - Minimum wage investigation

Three Low Pay Commissioners will visit Inverness on 2 and 3 September on a fact-finding visit about the National Minimum Wage.  This is one of a number of visits the Low Pay Commission is making around the UK during 2009 to gather information on how the minimum wage is operating.

Bob Elliott, John Hannett and Ian Hay will meet a number of representatives in the Inverness area to hear first hand what impact the National Minimum Wage is having on businesses and workers.

Low Pay Commissioner John Hannett said: "We want to hear the views of groups with an interest in the minimum wage. Listening to those directly affected by the minimum wage is a crucial part of the Commission's work in making recommendations to the Government.  We welcome the opportunity to hear how it has affected people in Inverness".

The National Minimum Wage for those over 21 is £5.73 per hour. For those aged 18 to 21 the rate is £4.77 per hour. The minimum wage for 16 and 17 year olds is just £3.53 an hour.

Solidarity favours:-

  • Raising the minimum wage to make it a decent living wage
  • Scrapping the discriminatory age bands
  • Applying the minimum wage to apprenticeships