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Further attacks on the low paid in the pipeline

9 February, 2011 - by Martin Ferris TD


The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Workers Rights Martin Ferris TD, has said that this mornings announcement by the Minister for Labour Affairs Dara Calleary that a group has been established to review Employment Regulation Orders (ERO) and Registered Employment Agreements (REA) signals that further cuts in wages for those on lower incomes are on the way.

Minister Calleary stated that the review was being established in accordance with the provisions of the IMF/EU programme and the outgoing government’s commitment to lower wages under the auspices of ‘improving economic efficiency.’

Deputy Ferris said: “As I stated at the time of its publication, the so-called Road to Recovery included not only a commitment to lower the National Minimum wage but also a clear threat to workers on low rates in other sectors.

“It is also clear that slashing wages, including the wages of those on low incomes, is an integral part of the IMF/EU bailout for the banks. This review will land on the desk of the incoming government. Any party that is likely to be part of that government needs to come out now and commit themselves to opposing any such attack on agreed wage rates.

“I would also call on the trade union leadership, particularly those who have called on their members to vote for the Labour Party, to demand that that party put its opposition to any such cuts on the record now, before the election and before they become part of a government committed to implementing the IMF programme.” ENDS

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