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Government must act on recommendations of Joint Committee low pay report – Cullinane

31 May, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

David Cullinane, Sinn Féin spokesperson on workers’ rights, has called on the government to implement the recommendations of the Joint Committee report on low pay as a way of tacking the substantial pay inequalities that exist in terms of women.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“Women make up the majority of those who are low paid and in casual/precarious employment. This includes analogous workers who are technically private sector but who provide comparable public service work as childcare workers, carers and home help.

“We need a real strategy to tackle low pay. There is a need now more than ever to deliver the recommendations of the Joint Committee report on low pay, decent work, and a living wage.

“It is telling that there is no initiative to tackle low pay or a living wage in the Fine Gael / Independent Programme for Government – nor is there any mention of these issues in the Fine Gael- Fianna Fáil ‘Supply and Confidence’ document.

“This is despite the fact that a key finding of the Joint Committee was for the next government to set a target to halve the number of workers affected by in-work poverty within their term of government.

“There is nothing in the present arrangement to suggest that a ‘new politics’ is upon us. What we have are slogans and marketing

“I call on this government to fully implement the findings of the 2015 Joint Committee report into low pay, decent work, and a living wage.

“This would be a real marker as to whether we are in a world of new politics or just old spin.”


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