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Review of public sector pay must be included in work of Low Pay Commission - Peadar Tóibín TD

9 October, 2014

Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín TD has this afternoon called on Junior Minister for Business and Employment to include a review of public sector pay in the work of the Low Pay Commission.

The Sinn Féin Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Spokesperson said:

“In response to a Parliamentary Question the Department of Social protection has confirmed with me that of the 48,493 recipients of Family Income Support 7.9% are civil and public servants.

“We know from the recent OECD Employment Outlook 2014 that Ireland has the second highest percentage of low-paying jobs among the OECD countries. 

“300,000 workers in Ireland are earning below the living wage of €11.45 an hour. To put that figure into context it’s roughly 14% of a Government Minister current salary.

“The prevalence of low pay will undermine future recovery, lead to unstable growth and increased costs for the state. 

“Earlier this week the Junior Minister for Business and Employment confirmed that it is his intention to establish the Low Pay Commission on an administrative basis due to the delay in drafting the necessary legislation to put it on a statutory basis.

“Low pay is not just prevalent in the private sector we can see from the Family Income Support figures a not insignificant proportion of public sector workers are also underpaid. 

“I’ve written to Minister of State Ged Nash today seeking confirmation that the public sector will be included in the work of the Low Pay Commission.”

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