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Government must live up to commitments to low paid workers – Tóibín

17 November, 2011

Peadar Tóbín TD, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has again challenged the government on its lack of action to safeguard low paid workers.
Speaking today Deputy Tóibín said:
“Today I challenged the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore to outline when the Government will live up to its commitment to bring forward legislation to safeguard the lowest paid workers who fall under the JLC.
“The Tánaiste would not give a commitment that this legislation would be delivered upon this year. There are 200,000 workers earning an average €18,000 who have not had a legislative basis to safeguard their pay and conditions for seven months now. The resolution of this issue is of immediate importance. Sinn Féin brought forward legislation on this issue in September. Since then our legislation has been brought to a standstill at committee stage on the promise of impending government legislation.
“It is becoming clear that Fine Gael and Labour can’t agree on the content of this legislation and delay is the only output of the government on this issue. However at the same time there has been no delay on bond holder bailout and the imposition flat taxes that disproportionately impact on the lowest paid and cut money out from the economy.
“Despite the urgency of the situation it is quite clear that the Labour Party is increasingly impotent and ineffectual in the face of Fine Gael’s Tory style desire to push down wages.” ENDS

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