WRITING TO ARGUE
In this text I will be arguing teenagers having a wider range of part time jobs.
Today jobs for children seem to be restricted to doing the paper round a couple of days a week. However decades ago children, even some city kids, played a large role in bringing in harvests a job now taken by migrant workers. Even five years ago many more children were doing part time jobs than they are today. Influencing factors are tightened legislation and the state of the current economy. However, doing some types of work may be more helpful and interesting for some of those children who have difficulties with studying.
I strongly believe that children should be allowed to have part time jobs whether they be during the week or on the weekend after all homework has been completed. Under age working should start at the age of thirteen the reason I say this is because the child will commence difference between right and wrong 12 upwards. A child knows what they are doing even if the job is little; helping in a library, painting or gardening for a few hours or in bigger jobs such as retail work.This will help them in the future when they are trying to find jobs teach them valuable life skills it will also give them a taster on what they need to do. It also gives them relationship between time and Money.
Having your own money that you earned through hard work is very satisfying for a child. They will know that they did something real that had an effect on the world around them, not just the enclosed artificial world of school. A child who understands basic work ethics will feel proud and more mature. Some may disagree with this point because children unlike adults do not value money children could waste the money on sweets and toys. But is part of their choice they worked for it.
Parents and supervisors can show the children how to save their money and it is well known that they can have a bank account from eleven plus this could be a boost instead of giving them cash in hand you could put it into an account for them and it is their choice what they do with it. One reason against the whole work system young children are far too open to exploitation by employers, as they are more suggestible and less likely to be able to stand up for themselves in disputes. Working children in an environment away from parents or any trustworthy adults and can’t be properly protected.
Working in libraries in summer holidays is a good way because children are off school. They will have a job to work and it will keep them occupied during long summer holidays which is often too long for children who get bored easily.
The government states Children can only start full-time work once they’ve reached the minimum school leaving age which is now 16 they can then work up to a maximum of 40 hours a week this is understandable because school takes up a lot of time during the week and it is important. After school children need time to do homework. By the time this is done, it is time to sleep.It should be allowed on Saturday and Sundays depending on the child or teens timetable.
There are special laws to protect the employment rights of young workers. These concern health and safety, what jobs you can do, when you can work, and how many hours you can work. These laws are very strict and an employer can be prosecuted for breaking them.It’s against the law for an employer to treat you worse than other colleagues because of their age, unless they’ve got a very good reason.
It’s also against the law for an employer to dismiss an employee or to refuse to employ you, just because of your age, unless they’re got a very good reason. If your employer sacks you it’s called age discrimination. So why are they allowed to discriminate against teenagers?
an employer is not allowed to discriminate against you either for being too young or for being too old. This also applies to a child that asks to have a job and the employer sees you as a waste of time because of their age, this can be seen as discrimination so i feel if the law sets rules this means you can have a job.