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Shame on the Taoiseach for dismissing the Living Wage – McDonald

3 July, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has criticised the Taoiseach’s dismissal of legislation to give effect to the Living Wage.

Reports today show the state’s Living Wage has risen to €12.30 per hour as a result of the increased cost of living and housing crisis.

Responding to questions from Teachta McDonald, the Taoiseach refused to introduce legislation or to make the Public Sector a Living Wage employer.

The Sinn Féin President said:

“The Taoiseach is wrong to rule out the introduction of the Living Wage and it is shameful that he stands over a situation where the state itself employs people on poverty wages.

“Workers deserve to be paid fairly and it is not acceptable that tens of thousands of workers and their families endure poverty and substandard living as a result of low pay.

“These are all hardworking people. They are childcare workers, members of our Defence Forces, hospitality workers and shop assistants. They are people we rely upon on a daily basis.

“Sinn Féin’s Living Wage proposals are costed and would make a real and substantial difference in people’s lives. To dismiss them out of hand is nothing short of shameful.

“The Taoiseach should reassess his approach to this issue and start living in the real world. The government must take steps to putting the Living Wage on legislative footing.” 

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