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Launch of Oireachtas report on Low Pay and a Living Wage - Senator Cullinane

9 December, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin’s Workers Rights spokesperson David Cullinane has said the publication of the all-party Oireachtas report on Low Pay, Decent Work, and a Living Wage is an important milestone is the debate around inequality and exploitation in the workplace.

Speaking after the launch of the Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation report of which he was rapporteur, Senator Cullinane said:

“This important report is significant for a number of reasons. 

“All parties signed off on the report means so there is now general recognition the related issues of low pay and poor working conditions are problems that need to be addressed.

“There is of course going to be divergence between trade unions, political parties, and workers in how they think this issue should be addressed.

“Sinn Féin is very clear in that we believe there must be at least a one euro increase in the minimum wage and an incremental move towards a living wage over time.

“Poverty wages are not acceptable and there is an onus on us all to eliminate poverty.

“To lift the living standards of all workers requires a three pronged approach.

“This includes decent pay, access to decent and universal public services particularly in the areas of housing, childcare, and health, and robust workers’ rights.

“As we approach the centenary of 1916 the real challenge for us as a society is to value our workers and bring an end to inequality and the exploitation of people”.

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