Minister for ‘Possibly Doing Something’ Nash to hold a forum about on Living Wage – Tóibín
In response to the announcement that the Minister Nash is to hold a forum on the Living Wage at the end of September Sinn Fein’s Jobs Spokesperson Peadar Tóibín today stated that in a middle of crisis of poverty affecting hundreds of thousands of workers throughout the state and at the precipice of an election Minister Nash has decided to hold off on actually doing something.
According to An Teachta Tóibín this is a common trait for the Minister.
“When we had the Kishogue Crisis where workers were getting paid €5 an hour the Minister decided not to legislate to ban bogus self-employment.
“When we have zero hour and low hour contracts proliferating like a cancer throughout society leading to strikes in Dunnes Stores and poverty in families the Minister decides have a report commissioned.
“When we had Clerys strategic insolvency defrauding workers, taxpayers and concession holders out of millions of euro the response of the Minister was an action free report and another refusal to legislate.
“When the Minister had a once in a life time chance to really tackle poverty in work he created a Low Pay Commission that was limited to the minimum wage and only 4.7% of workers.
“Low pay is endemic in Irish society. We have one of the highest rates of low pay in the developed world. Some twenty percent of our workers are in low paid jobs and fifty percent of women are currently earning €20,000 or less a year.
“The 345,000 people in the labour force who earn an hourly wage of less than €11.45 and struggle with spiralling rents, health costs and insurance costs can rest easy in the knowledge that the Minister for ‘Possibly Doing Something’ Nash has decided to discuss the issue at a forum on a future date.”