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Government pushing ahead with attack on low paid – Tóibín

10 June, 2011

Speaking in response to remarks by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton today, Sinn Fein spokesperson on Job Creation Peadar Tóibín has accused the Government of "pushing ahead with its attack on the low paid.”

Minister Bruton is reported as having said that proposed changes to the JLC wage rates will apply to new recruits and current employees.

Deputy Tóibín said:

“Minister Bruton’s remarks today provide further evidence that this Government is pressing ahead with its attack on low paid workers covered by the Joint Labour Committees and Registered employment Agreements.

“There is simply no evidence that jobs will be created by cutting the wages of people who earn on average €18,000 a year.

“Cuts to the low paid will only serve to push working families into poverty. It will also depress consumer spending leading to further job losses in the private sector.

“Minister Bruton’s comments demonstrate that Fine Gael’s aggressive drive to cut wages of low paid workers is setting the Government’s agenda, despite protestations to the contrary from Eamon Gilmore and his Labour Party backbenchers.

“The Government’s drive to cut the wages of low paid workers makes no social or economic sense. It must be resisted at all costs. Jobs will only be created by Government investment.”

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