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. 2

    “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. 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 ;-)


    • 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.


      • 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.


  7. 10
    A. Youf says:

    He’s a right Cunningham.


  8. 11
    You know it makes sense says:

    Piano wire…


  9. 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.


  10. 14
    Anonymous says:

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


  11. 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


  12. 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?


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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?


  14. 22
    Von Rumpoy killed our giraffe. says:

    Is he Cunningham or Conningus ??


  15. 24
    The Guardian, Human Capital Department says:

    £3.27 !!

    Daylight robbery.


  16. 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.


  17. 28
    ChrisBryant'sAnus says:

    he is a hero of socialism boyo


  18. 29
    Why is abbott still in America? says:


    • 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


  19. 33
    Dedicated to Alex Cunningham says:


  20. 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.


    • 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?


  21. 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.


  22. 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


    • 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.


  23. 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.


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


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