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Minimum wage increases ‘not impacting on household income’ – Brady

7 March, 2019 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has said that the ESRI report published this morning showing that the 2016 increase in the National minimum wage had no significant impact on household income signals the need for a Living Wage.

The ESRI report examined the impact that the 2016 change in the National minimum wage had when it was increased from €8.65 to €9.15 on household income in Ireland.

Speaking following publication of the report, Teachta Brady said:

“The effectiveness of the minimum wage in its ability to tackle inequality and poverty has been a source of debate for some time. It has been questioned as to whether or not the minimum wage even with subtle increases can tackle poverty in any meaningful way.

“The findings of the ESRI report published this morning is further evidence that the minimum wage is not having the impact it should on household income. This should set alarm bells for Government that the minimum wage is no longer sufficient for households who need a Living Wage to ensure that they can have a basic but socially acceptable standard of living.”

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Business, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD added:

“Sinn Féin strongly believes a Living Wage should be introduced. We believe that every worker across Ireland should get paid at least enough for their labour, for them to be able to achieve a minimum acceptable standard of living. This is not too much to ask.

“It is a scandal that some large corporations in Ireland pay their workers so poorly that these employees must seek additional financial help from the state, all while these companies themselves post huge profits.

“Many small businesses already pay the Living Wage rate and above, but for those SMEs who may genuinely struggle to make the transition to the Living Wage, appropriate supports should be put in place by the state to accommodate this change.” 

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