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Living Wage would help to lift workers out of poverty – John Brady TD

27 June, 2019 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has said that the introduction of a Living Wage would help to lift workers out of poverty.

Speaking as the party launched their proposals on introducing a Living Wage, Teachta Brady said:

“The Taoiseach has always told us that the best route out of poverty is to find employment yet we know that 109,000 of our citizens are at work and living in poverty.

“This is a shameful figure and flies in the face of the Taoiseach’s insistence that employment lifts people out of poverty – clearly the figures say differently.

“This increase in at work poverty is as a direct result of a growing increase in low-paid and precarious employment which traps those at work in poverty.

“This is also leading to workers relying on the Working Family Payment in order to top up their income to help to support them and their families.

"We know that over 55,000 people are in receipt of the payment at a huge cost of €431 million to the State in 2018 alone.

"This payment is essentially subsidising low pay for members of the Defence Forces and workers in the retail and hospitality sector.

“We need to start taking real steps to eradicate poverty in society, introducing a Living Wage has a role to play in making this happen and I would ask that the Government give real consideration to our proposals.

“Workers in this State deserve nothing less than a wage that guarantees them at the very least, a minimum standard of living.

"In Government Sinn Féin would introduce a Living Wage.” 

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