Delegates at the annual conference of shopworkers union Usdaw have voted for the abolition of the varying levels of the minimum wage.
Speaking to the conference at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, Usdaw general secretary John Hannett said: “We successfully campaigned to get the national minimum wage established and we should recognise it has been one of the greatest achievements of the trade union movement in the last 30 years.
“However, we know it isn’t the finished article.
“The age-related rates are unfair and unjust. Most young workers have the same roles and responsibilities as adult workers. It is unfair to pay young workers less.
“Usdaw believes all young workers should have the right to be paid the full rate of the national minimum wage.”