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OECD research on low pay shows urgent need for a Living Wage - Maurice Quinlivan TD

13 August, 2019 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs, Workers’ Rights and Pay Equality, Maurice Quinlivan TD, today said the research from the OECD showing 23% of the workforce here are on low pay highlights the urgent need for a Living Wage in Ireland.

Speaking today the Limerick City TD said:

“This research confirms something most of us have been aware of for sometime now, that a huge number of workers across Ireland are poorly paid and struggling to afford basic day-to-day necessities.

“The research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, shows Ireland has the third highest rate of low pay in the 36 member organisation, with 23% of the workforce here being categorised as low paid.

“This is well above the OECD average of 15.6% and it portrays Ireland as an exception when it comes to good pay for workers.

“These figures confirm the economic recovery has bypassed a huge portion of our society.

“We urgently need to address the issue of poverty wages and precarious working conditions and introducing a Living Wage is a key component to this.

“Sinn Féin have published a policy showing how a Living Wage of €12.30 per hour can be introduced, benefitting hundreds of thousands of workers, while also protecting financially vulnerable businesses.

“We believe all workers deserve to be paid fairly for their hard work, and we think it’s shameful that over 100,000 workers and their families are at risk of poverty due to low pay.

“Proper wages and the eradication of precarious working practices must be the essential foundations of economic growth and productivity moving forward.”

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