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Labour’s Low Pay Commission irrelevant to the majority of those on Low Pay - Peadar Tóibín TD

21 July, 2015

Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín TD has said the Government’s Low Pay Commission is irrelevant to the majority of those on low pay.

Speaking today after the government made its announcement on the minimum wage Deputy Tóibín said;

“Ireland has one of the highest levels of low pay and underemployment in the OECD. Increasingly there is a significant reduction in the proportion of national income that is earned by the bottom two wage deciles in the state.

“This has real consequences. On a daily basis working mothers and fathers struggle to provide necessities for their families. On a daily basis the opportunity and potential of tens of thousands of children is snuffed out by the instability and deprivation of poverty.  Children go hungry and cold. Rent and mortgages remain unpaid. In eight years the minimum wage increased 5.8%. In just in the last two years rents for these same workers increased by 40%.

“To ameliorate this situation social transfers are directed at those in low incomes. While much needed, these social transfers are in effect subsidies for low paying employers.  They are also an admission that work does not pay for many people in this state.

“After four years in government this was the Labour Party’s one big shot to make significant change. What we have seen today is a low pay commission that is irrelevant to all those in low pay but not on the minimum wage, irrelevant to the many working in jobs where the minimum wage is not being enforced and irrelevant to those who are caught on the wrong side of yet another dysfunctional property market.”


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