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Older workers are not aware of their travelling time rights

A recent study by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has found that 40% of workers believe that they cannot claim for travelling time getting to and from assignments.


Of all those unaware of this benefit, some 52% of older workers aged 55 – 64 were least likely to know the rules believing that they were not entitled to be paid for travel during the working day.


By comparison only 31% of 16 – 24 year olds were not aware, suggesting that younger workers are better briefed on employment rights.


The justification for payment of travelling time is within national minimum wage and national living wage legislation.


In a separate announcement, the Labour leader has called for all young people to receive the same level of minimum wage age as older workers aged 25 and over.


“This is a cynical attempt to buy votes”, says Keith Simpson, managing director of SkilledPeople.com. “In the last election Labour sought to bribe students with an offer to eliminate student loans, now they have turned their focus to working aged young people between 16 and 24 arguing that they deserve the same rate of pay as older, more skilled workers.


"It is deeply depressing that the Labour Party is moving away from using experience and the ability to do a job as a measure of what someone should be paid. One suspects that this is the first in a series of measures designed to buy off segments of the voting public in the run up to an election. 


“Beware the bearers of false gifts and their broken promises”, concludes Simpson. 

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