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Hi there,

Ive been with Superdug for two years and i am on £5.83 an hour.

However i am only 18 and Superdug are threating all under 22's that they will go down to £4.70ish an hour.


Can they do this to me.

Thanks in advance


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The current national minimum wage for someone of your age is £4.77 per hour.


The answer is yes and no, really. They can do it, but in a roundabout way.


See, they cannot reduce your wage without consulting you about it; however consulting you does not mean you have to agree to it for it to happen.


They cannot reduce your wages without first issuing you with a new contract. If they want to do this they have to give you one month's notice about the proposed change. You can refuse a change in your contract/new contract, however your employer can terminate your employment if you refuse.


If this was taken to a tribunal they would have to be able to detail that the change was vital to the needs of the business. However if you have been employed there for less than 12 months then tribunal is not an option, unless you can demonstrate to a tribunal that discrimination was a factor in your dismissal.


What most large companies do, if they are deciding to reduce salaries is leave current employees on the terms and conditions they signed up to in their contracts, but set different terms and conditions for any new members of staff.


To get more answers, I would suggest you ask this thread to be moved to the employment forum. This is the benefits forum - the employment forum will have more people there who are specialised in employment issues.

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