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Senator David Cullinane welcomes Sinn Féin adoption of 'Decent Work and Living Wage' policy at Ard Fheis

7 March, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Workers Rights’ Spokesperson Senator David Cullinane has welcomed the party’s acceptance of the policy document entitled ‘Decent Work and the Living Wage’ at the Ard Fheis in Derry.

Speaking after the vote, Senator Cullinane said;

“Ireland north and south has a low pay problem and it is getting worse.

“The twenty-six counties has the dubious distinction of having the second highest percentage of low-paying jobs in the OECD, while the north has a higher rate than anywhere in Britain.

“The fact of the matter is that the gap between rich and poor in Ireland is now four times the OECD average and despite talk of recovery, it will continue to widen.

“A living wage is an important tool in the struggle for decent work.

“It improves the level of disposable income for low-paid workers and also provides vulnerable workers with a degree of dignity and an awareness of the value of their labour.

“However, a living wage by itself will not eradicate poverty or inequality.

“We have to create an economy in which better-paid workers pay more tax and spend more money locally.

“This in turn boosts tax tax revenues and allows for increased investment in public services and infrastructure benefitting all citizens, and their employers.

“An economy that is dependent on low pay does not benefit anybody and entrenched inequality undermines the potential of Ireland’s recovery.

“Furthermore, industrial relations policy, with active labour market inventions, strengthened by collective bargaining and employment rights are necessary to protect workers.

“I am delighted that Sinn Féin has adopted and endorsed a policy that aim on eradicating structural inequality by focusing on the principle of decent work and decent pay.”

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