Kearney: Economic Report Reiterates Sinn Féin's call for a Real Living Wage
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Employment and Workers Rights, Declan Kearney MLA has welcomed the publication of a report by the Nevin Economic Research Institute which highlights the staggering number of workers on low pay in the north.
Speaking in response to the report he said:
“The latest report commissioned by the Nevin Economic Research Institute highlights the prevalence of low wages here in the north.
"The report finds that 219,000 employees in the north earn less than the Real Living Wage, with younger workers, part-time workers, and female workers most susceptible to low pay.
"This represents more than 1 in 4 workers. That is an alarming statistic.
"I welcome this report as a wake up call in highlighting the growing number of "working poor" here in this region.
"Recently I launched Sinn Féin's policy document 'Towards a New Employment Model - Strengthening Workers Rights' which includes the key recommendation that a Real Living wage of £9.00 an hour is implemented as the minimum standard, by which all public sector staff are paid. Our report also advocates that government measures are introduced to incentivise private sector employers to do the same. Sinn Féin further proposes that public procurement or financial aid are made conditional on employers committing to pay the Living Wage.
"We urge all social partners, including public & private sector employers, the trade union movement & other stakeholders, to agree a new employment model which commits to ensuring the regional & island economies are based upon the principle & practice of the Living Wage.
"Sinn Féin believes that secure employment & good pay should be the foundation of a sustainable, productive economy, & a prosperous, fair society."