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TASC report shows government is on wrong path to fair recovery- Lynn Boylan MEP

14 July, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has commented on the findings of the latest TASC report, which showed 68% public support for prioritising investment in public services rather than introducing tax cuts.

The Dublin MEP said:

“This report echoes what Sinn Féin has been saying for months now.

“Labour and Fine Gael are leading the country into a two tier recovery, when the majority of people appear to want it to tackle economic inequality.

“Low paid, precarious work is becoming endemic and if we don’t tackle this problem head on, a lot of workers, particularly women, will not experience any economic recovery as they slip further into the poverty.

“86% of people agree that the minimum wage should be raised. 

A minimum wage exists to prevent exploitation and to undermine a cut throat race-to-the-bottom wage competition. 

This proposal would undoubtedly lift people out of poverty.

“Sinn Féin has proposed to increase the minimum wage of €8.65 by €1 and to move incrementally towards ‘living wage’ of €11.45 if in government after the next General Election.

“Across the board tax cuts will not help parents struggling to afford childcare, will not help lone parents find extra hours for work and will certainly not help the 1000 homeless children in this city.

“We need to implement a fair and equal recovery that seeks to benefit all our citizens, not just a select few.”

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