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Tasc report an indictment of Labour in government – Cullinane

16 February, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD

Speaking today after the release of the Tasc report into income inequality, Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has described the current pay gap in Ireland as a damning indictment of Labour’s performance in government and their unwavering allegiance to Fine Gael economic policy.

Senator Cullinane said:

“The Tasc report today has indicated that Ireland’s level of income inequality is quickly approaching the levels of inequality of the US, having far outstripped our EU neighbours. That such a scenario has been allowed to develop is an indictment of the Labour party in government, a party that was trusted by the electorate to serve as a counter weight to the worst of Fine Gael economic policy and has instead displayed an unwavering allegiance to austerity governance.”

“We urgently need to examine the issue of a living wage in Ireland and not simply hide behind the rhetoric of a low pay commission. The living wage is not simply a matter of increasing the minimum wage. We need to start thinking about a social wage and how to end the current phenomenon of the working poor, workers who are locked into zero hour contracts and little to no collective bargaining.”

“Solving these problems must be a holistic approach, consisting of work in areas such as pay, welfare, taxation, public services, and industrial relations or else no truly effective measures can be concerned.”

“We need a strong workers movement in this country, one that is capable of standing up for workers’ rights and defending against regressive government policy.” 

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