Cllr Michael Long said: “The government should also be focusing on creating on standard minimum wage for people of all ages. There are currently three tiers of minimum wage according to age. This is blatant age discrimination.
“There is a real need for government to tackle age discrimination of every sort.
“An equal minimum wage would end disparities and mean fairness for all.
“The £5.35 minimum wage is low enough in itself without young people being paid less. £5.35 is barely even a living wage, so anything lower means that people cannot afford to have a decent standard of living.
“Young people find it difficult enough to financially survive at the moment and harmonising the minimum wage at a time when house prices and rent are increasing seems only fair.”