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Ferris rejects excuses for minimum wage cut

1 December, 2010 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Workers Rights, Martin Ferris TD has rejected the excuses offered by the Taoiseach and by John Gormley for reducing the minimum wage. This morning the Taoiseach claimed that the rate here was among the highest in Europe while John Gormley has claimed that the cut was forced on the Government as part of the bailout plan.

Deputy Ferris said: “As Mark Twain once said there are ‘lies, damned lies and statistics.’ Comparing the minimum wage rate in this country to that of most EU states is a red herring. I wonder would the Taoiseach like to make a similar comparison between his salary and the salaries of most EU prime ministers or heads of state?

“The point is that the minimum wage here was already one that left those receiving it in poverty and requiring social welfare assistance. Reducing it compounds that problem.

“As for Minister Gormley’s claim that the cut was forced upon the Government the logic of that is that the entire bailout programme is being forced upon us.” ENDS

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