Labour savages FG over bias towards big business
The Labour Party has launched a savage attack on Fine Gael's plan to subsidise low-paid workers, claiming the main beneficiaries will be fast-food chains and department stores.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has promised a major overhaul of the social welfare system that will see the State top-up pay for low-paid parents to ensure they earn a minimum of €11.75 an hour.
But in an unprecedented move, his junior Coalition partners have rubbished the proposal saying it will allow "big business off the hook when it comes to paying a decent wage".
Writing in today's Irish Independent, Junior Minister for Jobs Ged Nash says there is "no dignity" in Fine Gael's alternative to the 'Living Wage', which has been a long-term objective for Labour.
Mr Nash argues Mr Kenny's plan will result in families "having to perpetually depend on the State" to have their income topped up.
"At the heart of the matter is whether you believe it is the responsibility of business or the State to ensure that workers have enough money to look after themselves and their families," Mr Nash writes.