’16 year olds don’t deserve £10 per hour’. A Labour supporter’s takedown of that sorry claim went viral.

Jeremy Corbyn and Andy Burnham at the launch of Labour's campaign for the 2017 general election
Support us and go ad-free

With the election debate raging on, somebody posted on Twitter that ’16-year-olds don’t deserve £10 per hour’:

But this sorry claim got taken down pretty fast.


The tweet references Labour’s promise for a £10 minimum wage. Fortunately, a supporter’s takedown of the claim we should exclude 16-year-olds went viral:

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

Bezos, founder of Amazon and the richest man on the planet, literally earns $8,961,187 per hour.

Jeremy Corbyn has previously challenged Bezos’s extreme wealth and told him to pay taxes and respect workers:

You can only take that type of money through exploitation, tax dodging, and uncompetitive market practices.

Others on Twitter called out the ageism of paying younger people less:

Labour’s policies, such as a £10 minimum wage, free higher education, and fully public healthcare, are universal. Whatever your age, gender, or race, they do not discriminate – the policies will apply to you.

Obscene inequality

The UK’s richest 1,000 families have increased their wealth by over £500bn since the 2008 financial crash, while the majority of us face austerity cuts. The idea we should be punching down at 16-year-olds is not just ludicrous but depressing.

This is a global issue. Oxfam’s latest report found that 26 people own more wealth than the bottom half of the planet.

Corbyn’s Labour is right to make inequality the focus of its campaign. This level of disparity is simply grotesque.

Featured image via Sophie Brown/ WikiCommons

Support us and go ad-free

We know everyone is suffering under the Tories - but the Canary is a vital weapon in our fight back, and we need your support

The Canary Workers’ Co-op knows life is hard. The Tories are waging a class war against us we’re all having to fight. But like trade unions and community organising, truly independent working-class media is a vital weapon in our armoury.

The Canary doesn’t have the budget of the corporate media. In fact, our income is over 1,000 times less than the Guardian’s. What we do have is a radical agenda that disrupts power and amplifies marginalised communities. But we can only do this with our readers’ support.

So please, help us continue to spread messages of resistance and hope. Even the smallest donation would mean the world to us.

Support us
  • Show Comments
    1. Young people don’t get their rent or groceries any cheaper so why should they be paid so much less? It’s just wage theft. Another rip-off they face is today many of them don’t get paid a full wage until they reach twenty-five, whereas I was paid a full wage when I turned eighteen in 1978. So today’s under-25s are being ripped off for an extra seven years. It’s ugly wage theft but that’s rapacious Tories and capitalists for you.

    2. Bezos, founder of Amazon and the richest man on the planet, literally earns $8,961,187 per hour????
      No, he does NOT earn that amount! He receives that, but certainly does not EARN it. nobody really earns that kind of money, it is impossible to work that hard …

    3. It makes no sense to limit a 16 year old’s, or young person’s ability to earn unless, and only if that young person is doing a job that they cannot perform as well as a more experienced person. For example if it took a young person 15 hours to do a service on a vehicle which should take 2 hours, then there is a problem, and this is usually fiscally adjusted to compensate, however, who would be stupid enough to expect an untrained 16 year old or young person to be able to perform as well as an expert anyway?

      That said, a minimum wage should guarantee a standard of living which is acceptable to all, including young people just starting their working life, and should/must be an incentive, not a disincentive to work, and should/must not be a struggle (other than the struggle with learning a new job).

      Saying that 16 year olds don’t need £10 an hour is a deliberately inflammatory statement, made by a person/s who is/are likely paid to create division for political purposes.

      Why are those who make such stupid statements incapable of grasping that causing the young difficulties does not help them, us, or our nation? Why, if work is so bloody important to society, do idiots keep trying to de-incentivize them, and us, with their banal, brain-dead bullshit? Are they deliberately trying to fuck the future for everything? It really looks like it to me.

    Leave a Reply

    Join the conversation

    Please read our comment moderation policy here.