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Low paid workers better off with Sinn Féin - Senator David Cullinane

23 December, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has today outlined why low paid workers would be better off with a Sinn Féin led Government.

Speaking from Leinster today Senator Cullinane said Fine Gael’s proposal to lower the PRSI income threshold will hit the most vulnerable workers in the state.

He said;

“Fine Gael’s plan to reduce the income threshold for PRSI is simply a way for them to claw back some of the cost of getting rid of the USC.  It targets the lowest earners in society to play for their election giveaway.

“If implemented it would mean somebody earning €17,850 per annum would lose €718 a year.  That would obviously wipeout the benefit of any increase in the minimum wage as well.

“However, with a Sinn Féin led government these same workers would be better off to the tune of €2,295 per year as a result of a number of measures.

“These include a proposed increase in the PRSI income threshold from €18,000 to €19,604, an increase in the minimum wage of fifty cent an hour, an exemption from USC for those earning 19,572 per annum.

“On top of all that are Sinn Féín’s key commitments to abolish the property tax and water charges.

“That is Sinn Féin’s commitment to low earners.  Fine Gael proposes further hardship for these workers to pay for its commitments to higher earners.

“That is why low paid and minimum wage workers are better off with Sinn Féin.”

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