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Paltry ten cent increase in minimum wage is a disgrace – Maurice Quinlivan TD

11 October, 2016 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation, Maurice Quinlivan TD has slammed the Government for what he described as a paltry increase in the minimum wage.  Speaking in response to the announcement by Minister Mitchell O’Connor, Deputy Quinlivan said:

“This disgraceful and pathetic increase can only be described as the government throwing a few crumbs to the most exploited and disadvantaged workers in the state. 

“Yet again the government have failed to tackle the issue of low pay and in-work poverty. 

“The establishment  by the Labour/Fine Gael government of  a Low Pay Commission was at best ill-thought through and at worst a cynical attempt to take the issue of low pay out of the political arena. 

“The problem of low pay and precarious work is not going away and it will have to be dealt with in a coherent and far reaching way, sooner or later. 

“Having large sections of our labour force living on low pay is bad for society and bad for the economy. 

“Today’s announcement of a pathetic 10 cent increase for the lowest paid workers can only be described as let them eat cake politics.

“It is neoliberalism at its worst and does nothing for workers, their families or the economy”. 

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