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Sinn Féin to oppose Bill to reduce minimum wage - Ferris

8 December, 2010 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Workers Rights Martin Ferris TD has said that his party will oppose a bill to be introduced tomorrow to give legislative effect to the decision to reduce the minimum wage to €7.65 per hour. Sinn Féin will also be voting against reductions in pensions for low to middle income public servants.

Deputy Ferris said:

“We are already on the record in opposition to the decision to reduce the minimum wage and will be voting accordingly.

“This attack on the 50,000 people on minimum wage and their dependents encapsulates the nature of this attack on the people of Ireland. Reducing the income of working people who are already struggling, in order to comply with the IMF programme is inexcusable. Then again, so are almost all the other measures contained in the Budget.

“I would also point out that in reducing the minimum wage that as it currently stands the Family Income Supplement will now constitute an even greater subsidy for low paying employers. Once again, this illustrates the fact that this Government in its dying days is still catering to narrow sectional interests while ordinary people are forced to pay for the incompetence and corruption of a tiny elite.” ENDS

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