Budget 2016 does nothing for low paid workers – Cullinane
Sinn Féin Senator and Workers Rights Spokesperson David Cullinane has severely criticised the government‘s budget for its failure to lift low paid workers out of poverty.
Senator Cullinane said:
“The measures announced in the budget will do nothing to assist low paid workers.
“Joan Burton and Brendan Howlin seem to think a fifty cent increase in the minimum wage is an indication of their commitment to a Living Wage, when the opposite is in fact true.
“For Labour to trumpet this as an improvement is evidence of how far to the right they have moved.
“This paltry increase shows a Government that is a million miles away from the reality of life for minimum wage workers.
“Workers and especially low paid workers need access to decent public services particularly in the areas of housing, health care, and public transport.
“Yesterday’s budget does nothing to rebuild provision in these key areas and in this context to give workers on €8.65 an hour a 50 cent increase is nothing short of insulting.
“The Labour party have lost the right to speak on behalf of working people – the only interests they now represent are their own.”