Trade union Unite wants minimum wage to be increased by €1 per hour
Published 12/05/2015 | 14:19
Trade union Unite wants the minimum wage to be increased by €1 per hour.
The trade union, which has 100,000 members in Ireland and Northern Ireland, is calling upon the Government to "lead the drive against low pay" by increasing the minimum wage, which currently stands at €8.65 per hour, by almost 12pc.
Speaking during their biennial conference in Dublin earlier today, Unite's regional secretary in Ireland, Jimmy Kelly said "the reality is that people work but are stuck in poverty".
"Every worker has a fundamental right to a Living Wage, a wage that allows workers an adequate living standard.
"Over 300,000 workers- one-in-five people in the workforce- live in deprivation conditions in the Republic," Mr Kelly told delegates during the debate on employment rights at the Unite policy conference this morning.
"Pay rises are part of the solution. That's why Unite, in its submission to the Low Pay Commission, has called for a €1 per hour increase in the minimum wage.
"But we need more, including a radical extension and strengthening of the Joint Labour Committee, a Living Wage clause introduced into all public sector procurement contracts and implementation of the EU Directive that gives stronger rights to part-time workers to take up full-time work.
"Most of all, we need a national drive, led by the Government, to end low pay."