TRADE unionists urged the army of young unregistered voters yesterday to get in their forms or stay an “easy target” for politicians who can count on them remaining silent.
Median average hourly pay for 18-21-year-olds stands at £7.25 compared to £13.08 for all workers.
And many of them are on zero-hours contracts.
But far fewer under-34s have registered to vote than their older neighbours.
If the sign-up rate was the same as for older people it would bring in another four million votes across Britain, the TUC said — 11,000 votes per constituency.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “With less than 100 days to the election, we haven’t heard enough from politicians about the problems young people face like low pay, youth unemployment, high rents and rogue landlords.
“And if young people remain less likely to vote than older generations, politicians will continue to see them as an easy target for more austerity and will carry on ignoring their problems.”