February 24th, 2014

Labour Minimum Wage Campaigner Pays Half Minimum Wage

Labour MP Alex Cunningham takes a special interest in youth issues and even has his own Youth Manifesto in which he vows to “support a change in legislation to eradicate the age banding for the minimum wage”. Cunningham tell us: “It is wrong for two people of different ages, who sit alongside each other doing the same job, to receive different wages.”

As Guido reported in yesterday’s Sun column, it was therefore bit of a surprise to see him advertising for office help to work a 37-hour week at £3.37 an hour, half the minimum wage rate. He gets away with paying £125 a week because the job is described as an apprenticeship. What was that about paying younger people less being wrong?


  1. 1
    The Left says:

    Our cause is worthy. It’s OK when we do it.

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  3. 3

    “He gets away with paying £125 a week because the job is described as an apprenticeship”

    Isn’t that the excuse you gave?

  4. 4
    I dislike socialists intensely says:

    Typical Labour hypocrite .

  5. 5
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Aha, he’s been flushed out as a cheap hypocrit!

    He seems happy to exploit young workers when for his own ends but quick to denounce others when they try it.

    I’d never heard of him before but from now on Alex Cunningham MP’s name will forever be associated with hypocrisy and exploitation.

  6. 6
    RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

    A Labour hypocrite? Surely not…..

  7. 7
    Casual Observer 7 says:

    Why are the left intent on distorting the Labour market by attempting to dictate minimum wages ?

    This only increases unemployment and reduces opportunities and freedom for those seeking work. Impacts social mobility immensely.

    Shutting down the uncontrolled immigration would be a much better policy, and allowing the market to correctly price the cost of Labour is the way forward. Straying from that path is damaging the economy and the interests of those who have to participate in it.

    @CRMM: I replied to you on the Cato / Harcourt point back on W’arsi thread ;-)

  8. 8
    Percy Longprong says:

    He’s still claiming £6.74 on expenses

  9. 9
    RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

    One for the NCCL ?

  10. 10
    A. Youf says:

    He’s a right Cunningham.

  11. 11
    You know it makes sense says:

    Piano wire…

  12. 12
    Jimmy says:

    £3.37 an hour !!!!!

    They have been promising me that much for years for coming on here and being an agitprop.


  13. 13
    geordieboy says:

    He ‘s a real nowhere man living in a nowhere land.
    Doesn’t have a point of view only the taxpayer to screw
    not a bit like me and you.

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    The Labour mantra should be “Do as we say not as we do”

  15. 15
    tom connelly says:

    nothing to do with being labour lefty or tory top snob just a basic lack of humanity on his part seems he is trying to exploit another loophole

  16. 16
    Lettuce B Friends says:

    Apprentices always get paid less because they are effectively getting very expensive training for free and contribute little or nothing to the firm during their apprenticeship, often 5 years or more.

    There is also nothing in law these days from stopping an apprentice from walking when the apprenticeship is over and although much of the training is geared towards a role in the company the training rides tandem with outside qualifications.

    Is this MP offering a recognised apprenticeship, with outside qualifications over a multi year period or is he just pulling a scam?

  17. 17
    NE Frontiersman says:

    He’s not one of the clan, is he?

  18. 18
    The cat came back.. says:

    Good to see Labour joining the Conservatives in boosting apprenticeships.


    All great for the stats.

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    jgm2 says:

    I don’t understand why he needs to use such a mechanism. Surely the cost of his office help is picked up by the tax-payer.

    Or has he, like so many of the fucking crooks, already blown his budget paying his missus and adult kids 40K a year for doing fuck all?

  20. 20
    Paniagua V5.1 says:

    So what very expensive training do you think an MP will be providing?

    Please keep your answers legal and/or moral.

  21. 21
    C.O.Jones says:

    Yes and the advert is also vague. He did not say whether the applicant should have big tits or not.

  22. 22
    Von Rumpoy killed our giraffe. says:

    Is he Cunningham or Conningus ??

  23. 23
    More to the point says:

  24. 24
    The Guardian, Human Capital Department says:

    £3.27 !!

    Daylight robbery.

  25. 25
    BBC News and Propaganda Unit says:

    We’ve never heard of the NCCL or PIE.

  26. 26
    C.O.Jones says:

    I hope he advertised for a non smoker. A packet of fags a day = 7X£8.50 = £59.50.

    Thats HALF your weekly paypacket!

  27. 27
    Alex Cunntingham says:

    Look, I am teaching vital troughing and cronying skills, stuff you won’t find in any book, but will be essential if you are going to pursue a career in the public sector.

  28. 28
    ChrisBryant'sAnus says:

    he is a hero of socialism boyo

  29. 29
    Why is abbott still in America? says:

  30. 30
    The electorate says:

    An apprentice what?

    Expenses fiddler? Liar? Hypocrite?

  31. 31
    Geranium says:

    I seem to recall that even the Catholic Church said this was a bad idea.

  32. 32

    Homos adopt baby boy then abuse him ?

    Hands up those who find this surprising!!!!!!

  33. 33
    Dedicated to Alex Cunningham says:

  34. 34
    whippet says:

    Regarding recent trials, on many occasions women sat on my lap, kissed me or touched me without permission or flashed their underwear at me.
    I’m confused, have I been sexually assaulted? Should I report them all to the police? I’m concerned they may just laugh at me.

  35. 35
    Pay peanuts, get monkeys says:

    Anyone paying minimum wage is already getting a taxpayer-subsidised work force.

    How about employers paying the full cost of their employees instead of dumping the cost onto someone else?

    If labour is expensive in this country, then employers should ask the obvious question. Why? Where does the bulk of their employees wages go? You don’t have to be exactly Einstein to work it out.

    A high house price/rent and low wage economy. What could possibly go wrong.

  36. 36
    Casual Observer 7 says:

    Good info graphic on U’kraine:

    The interim administration have issued address warrant for Yanukovych, who is currently MIA:


    Election campaigns are starting on Feb 25th.

    To get Osborne’s blank chequebook into perspective, U’kraine are looking for $35bn from the US / EU in order to cover their expenses for the rest of the year.

  37. 37
    The Chinese fake cigarette and dvd sellers in the High Street says:

    Why pays the full tax on cigs these days?

  38. 38
    Casual Observer 7 says:

    With tax credits and the other distortions, there is already too much state interference in the employment market.

    What will go wrong ? – and this is to your point:

    The ability to determine fair value for goods and services will be damaged and the economy will either stop functioning or simply stop outright until that problem is repaired.

  39. 39

    Pathetic is that the best he can do?

  40. 40
    Gold Top Commander says:

    No, I think you should report this. It is a very serious matter which needs to be rigourously investigated.

    First, though, I think there should be a meeting of COBRA. Hobnobs, anyone?

  41. 41
    Anonymous says:

    The problem the Labour idiots have with this is the fact they do not recognize experience. I can have two people doing a job in my company but the most experienced will get more as I have to pay more to keep them. That is because they are more valuable overall, know the job, good productivity, knows the issues , do not need to be trained or mentored and all in all cost we a fuck site less. On the other hand the younger has to be trained and mentored at a cost but we still do that as we recognize that is part of the deal. Only the loony left don’t get this which is understandable as the majority of them have never done a days work in their useless lives and as a consequence have no experience.

    Either that or you have the opposite situation like Cunnigham who is an opportunistic, hypocritical, dont do as I do but as I say, left wing cnut

  42. 42
    Cinna says:

    I can remember when “being an apprentice” meant something. It always used to imply years of training in some skill, and most often in engineering. Now the term is meaningless having been debases bt successive governments. Now can one serve a six month “apprenticeship” is shelf stacking, filing and all those non-jobs in the public sector.

  43. 43
    Anybody seen Hatemen? says:

    Guido Fawkes ✔ @GuidoFawkes
    Labour MPs Revolt Against Miliband’s “Sloganeering” http://guyfawk.es/1fn16jl

    Labour MP’s are revolting = There corrected it for you.

  44. 44
    Cinna says:

    The term is now debased and meaningless.

  45. 45
    The voting system here is better than the UK says:

    fuck me the she finally catches up. Any tweets on the socialist paradise of Venezuela

    Nah thought not

  46. 46
    Bigoted old lady says:

    Max Cottel

    Its called putting money aside for a rainy day. Something Brown should have done but didn’t and blew the lot up against the wall to buy votes. Trouble is nothing will please fuckwits like Max Cottel

  47. 47

    Ah! But the real Jimmy is worth it – almost.

  48. 48
    Labour destroyed my country says:

    my apprenticeship lasted from 1976 until 1982. Even then I was a junior only

  49. 49
  50. 50
    Anonymous says:

    Labour MP…. Must be a scam then.

  51. 51
    Tim Yeo-yo says:

    Jimmy – they probably don’t pay you as you’re so crap at your “job.”

    When was the last time you actually said anything if any relevance? When was the last time you came back to an argument you started to back up your assumptions after being proved wrong?

    You’re just a dumb socialist so go and play on he Guardian website with all the other thick, humourless lefties.

  52. 52
    whippet says:

    The labour sphere of influence works on base emotions and small IQs.
    They constantly compare how much they have compared to neighbours or colleagues. Hence the idiotic salary demands of labour and the unions.
    It’s basic petty jealously.

  53. 53
    An awkward bastard says:

    If this was France they would have arrested and fined him by now.

    I never thought much of Socialist administration but dithering Tories appear in a class of their own.

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  55. 55
    arriet 'fucking' arman says:

    youth issues, eh?

    exactly how youthful?

  56. 56

    Reblogged this on A Riverside View and commented:
    That’s Labour all over. Claiming to be for the poor while exploiting them.

  57. 57
    cigpapers says:

    “Youth Issues” ? and a Labour MP? Sounds well dodgy.
    Maybe he’s linked to human rights as well.

  58. 58
    Anonymous says:

    I thought Harman specialised in youths

  59. 59
    broderick crawford says:


    it s not REAL money you dolt !!

    we just print it and transfer it .

    Just worthless pieces of paper but makes us look good !!

  60. 60
    stushie says:

    More likely, the apprentice is ‘let go’ on completion.
    Our Laborite is a typical Lefty hypocrite.

  61. 61
    In A Flap says:

    “Youth Manifesto”??????
    did he by any chance work with harriet harperson in the 70’s?

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