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Minimal minimum wage rise out of sync with trends in Europe- Lynn Boylan MEP

20 July, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has labelled recommendations by the Low Pay Commission to raise the minimum wage by 50 cent as a “box ticking exercise” and as being out of sync with trends in Europe.

Speaking today Ms Boylan said:

“A study conducted earlier this year by Eurofound illustrated that Ireland was among four countries not to increase the minimum wage in recent times, along with Belgium, Greece, and Slovenia.

“The data also showed that when minimum wage levels are compared with the Consumer Price Index, the purchasing power of Ireland’s minimum wage actually went down.

“A recommended increase of 50 cent is not enough. Sinn Féin would like to see the minimum wage raised by a euro per hour with incremental moves towards a living wage.

“This minimal increase will not help families and individuals aspiring towards a fair recovery when it comes straight back out of their pockets again with spiralling rents and extra taxes.”


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