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Ged Nash failing low paid workers - Tóibín

2 December, 2014

Sinn Féin TD and Jobs Spokesperson Peadar Tóibín today accused Junior Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash of failing to deliver on his commitment to tackle low pay, underemployment and zero hour contracts. 

The Meath West TD said: 

“Ireland has the second highest percentage of low-paying jobs amongst the OCED counties, and the third highest rate of underemployment in the European Union. 

“Low pay will fundamentally undermine any hope of a sustainable recovery yet the Junior Minister with responsibility for tackling these issues is dragging his heels on delivering on a commitment to establish a Low Pay Commission.

“The Statement of Government priorities published nearly six months ago promised to establish a Low Pay Commission on a statutory basis yet, the draft Heads of the Bill have yet to be published.

“When I’ve raised this matter with the Jobs Minister Richard Bruton he has said that the legislation would be enacted early next year, and that the Junior Minister intends to establish the Commission on an interim administrative basis, but membership of the Commission has yet to be even advertised for.

“Following this year’s local elections the Labour party promised to prioritise low paid workers but the Junior Minister’s actions have not matched his words. 127,000 people in Ireland are underemployed and hundreds of thousands of workers are struggling on very low wages. 

“If Ged Nash is serious about tackling underemployment, zero hour contracts and the myriad of issues surrounding low pay he needs to publish the necessary legislation  to establish the Commission and get it up and running on an interim basis in the meantime as promised.” 

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