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From The Socialist newspaper, 10 September 2008

Young workers ripped off

A recent TUC report has exposed massive exploitation of young apprentices by unscrupulous employers, with the blessing of the New Labour government and the Low Pay Commission.

Jake Moore

An estimated 70% of apprentices who are learning skills in trades as diverse as construction, health care and retail are exempt from the already criminally low minimum wage rates. Apprentices under the age of 19, and older apprentices in their first year of training are entitled to a minimum weekly wage of just 80 per week. This falls to 50 a week in Wales, and a meagre 40 in Northern Ireland.

The TUC report estimates that in low-paid sectors, apprentice drop-out rates are as high as four out of ten. Furthermore, 5% of apprentices are still receiving less than the 80 per week minimum, and in some sectors, such as retail and customer services, apprentices reported receiving no wage at all!

Apprentices are the lifeblood of industry, helping replenish skilled positions as older workers retire or others leave their prospective trades. However, is it any wonder drop-out rates are so high when you consider the poverty pay and exploitation many apprentices encounter?

Bosses make their super-profits by exploiting workers' labour, but without a skilled workforce their profits would soon dry up. Construction union UCATT estimates that the construction industry requires 87,000 new recruits each year - without apprentices the industry would soon collapse - it is time apprentices are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

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