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Government Minimum Wage commitment worthless

31 March, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and TD for Louth and East Meath Gerry Adams is demanding that the Government stand up to the EU/IMF and honour its commitment on reversing the cut to the minimum wage introduced by the Fianna Fáil/Greeen Party Government.

Mr Adams remarks follow the Taoiseach’s admission yesterday that any change to the Minimum Wage requires the approval of the EU/IMF.

Mr. Adams said:

“The commitment to reverse the cut to the minimum wage was a key promise in Fine Gael’s election campaign.

“Yesterday in the Dáil I raised the example of the five workers in the Davenport Hotel who had their wages lowered without their consent. The ensuing dispute went to the Labour Court, which found in favour of the workers.

“This happened because the previous Government cut the minimum wage, which sent the signal to employers that they could do what they wanted on wages.

“When I asked the Taoiseach when the minimum wage will be put back to what it should be, he said that ‘This is a matter that is not merely budgetary. It may well require legislation and will require the approval under the programme of the IMF-EU deal and I cannot give the Deputy an exact date as to when the implementation of the reverse can become a reality. Those are the parameters of the situation.’

“This is an outrageous and unacceptable situation. It is an admission by the Taoiseach that the Government is bound by EU-IMF diktat regardless of the consequences on the people.

“The minimum wage must be restored to its previous level and the government must make it clear to employers that they cannot behave as the Davenport Hotel did and that workers’ rights will be protected.” ENDS

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