This week is Living Wage Week, an opportunity to highlight the importance of implementing a living wage in order to create sustainable employment and to end exploitation within workforces. And of the many industries where workforces are indeed exploited, the fashion industry must be one of the most notorious.
Under-25s do not pay less for gas and electric. They do not pay less for food or rent, so how can we justify paying them less for work? Up and down the country there are countless examples of young people who give it their all, are a huge asset to their employers, yet face the demoralising prospect of unequal pay.
'Is that Dhaka?', I wondered as a film taking us on a tour through a rabbit warren of a damp, dark textile workshop played on the backdrop of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit stage. It's actually Gujarat in India - Machines by Rahul Jain opened the summit and reminded us of why we we're here.
Theresa May says she wants to 'strike a deal for ordinary working people'.
The National Living Wage will rise and workers on short-term contracts will be given more protections under a government
It would take an under-25 an extra three weeks work to make up the difference
Under-25s are set to earn £600-a-year less than older colleagues for doing the same work thanks to the National Living Wage
The Government’s National Living Wage, paid to people over 24, goes up by 30p an hour to £7.50
Around 2.3 million workers will receive a pay rise when minimum wage rates increase on Saturday, but they will create pressures
The National Living Wage is £7.20.